Video footage released of missing millionaire
BAY HARBOR ISLANDS, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida millionaire who has been missing for nearly a month was working on a documentary on his life before his disappearance.
Guma Aguiar was last seen in mid-June, when he took his boat out into rough seas in Fort Lauderdale. He has not been seen since.
Aguiar's personal videographer Jerry Levine has hours of video footage of the father of four, recorded before his disappearance. The footage makes it clear: Aguiar had much love for his family, but he also felt under an intense amount of pressure.
In one video, Aguiar held his daughter and said to her, "There's ponies, too? Really? Remember your pony's name?"
His daughter replied, "Frosty," and smiled, as her father kissed her.
Before Aguiar vanished, he was involved in a lawsuit against his uncle. The multimillionaire was also battling his own personal demons: He suffered from bipolar disorder. "I forget basic things, like sleeping and eating and exercising and resting and spending time with your family and things that are very important to keep you balanced," Aguiar said in a never-before-seen interview Levine recorded. "If I'm just focusing on whatever my passion is at the time, I could still accomplish that, right? But I leave a lot of wreckage in the wake."
Levine explained Aguiar's reasons for wanting to create a documentary of his life. "He wanted to document things," said Levine, "because we live in a video age, and he was a very savvy guy."
In the interview, filmed a year ago, Aguiar said, "I'm not sure exactly what a nervous breakdown is. I guess, if you have one, maybe you know it. I don't know what I had exactly, but for sure, I needed to take some time off. I needed to rest, and I was super overextending myself and putting myself under tremendous amounts of pressure, and eventually, no matter how strong your best soldier is, if you put him under extreme conditions, everybody's going to crack, eventually."
The 35-year-old went from a tennis instructor to an oil and gas tycoon, seemingly overnight. Aguiar went into business with his uncle and struck natural gas. As a result, he and his uncle became involved in a bitter legal battle, and Aguiar was hospitalized because of his mental illness. "The sad part is, once he had all of it, then dealing with it, that was another chapter in his life," said Levine.
"When I was in the hospital, there was a lot of soldiers in there that had cracked," Aguiar continued in his interview, "but they get back on their feet, and they put their uniforms on, and they get back to work and do what they have to do, so I'm back."
Shortly after he vanished, Aguiar's wife and mother began fighting in court over his $100 million estate.
On Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard said Aguiar's boat was traveling in the rough seas at speeds of up to 30 mph. The boat turned southeast at 7:56 p.m. on the day of his disappearance and slowed down to less than 1 mph. The boat drifted to shore, without Aguiar on board.
Fort Lauderdale Police still consider Aguiar to be a missing person.
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