Boeing whistleblower who raised concerns on company’s production found dead, reports say

(Gray News) – John Barnett, a former Boeing employee who raised concerns about the company’s production standards, was found dead, according to reports.

The 62-year-old was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on March 9 in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Charleston County coroner confirmed Barnett’s death to the BBC on Monday.

In a statement, Boeing said, “We are saddened by Mr. Barnett’s passing, and our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Barnett had worked for Boeing for 32 years before retiring in 2017.

According to the BBC, on several occasions, Barnett had reported about the company using sub-standard parts, and oxygen systems with serious problems. Barnett reportedly alerted managers who took no action to fix the issues and Boeing denied Barnett’s claims.

Police are reportedly investigating Barnett’s death.