Son of Jeffrey Skilling found dead

LOS ANGELES Thu Feb 3, 2011 6:47pm EST

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The 20-year-old son of former Enron President Jeffrey Skilling has been found dead of unknown causes at his apartment in Southern California, police said on Thursday.

John Tyler Skilling, a student at Chapman College, was found dead on Tuesday night by paramedics who broke into his apartment after friends became concerned, Santa Ana Police Corporal Anthony Bertagna said.

"They were supposed to meet him for dinner and he didn't show up and they knew he was despondent over a recent break-up with a girlfriend," Bertagna told Reuters.

"They looked in the window and they could see him lying on the bed."

Bertagna said an autopsy turned up no signs of trauma or foul play, meaning a cause of death would have to await the results of toxicology tests in four to six weeks.

He said there were bottles of prescription medications found next to the body, but no suicide note.

"We don't know yet if it's a possible accidental overdose or suicide," he said.

Skilling's father Jeffrey was convicted of conspiracy, insider trading and securities fraud in 2006 and is serving a 24-year prison term.

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is considering his latest appeal after hearing arguments last year.

"JT was a wonderful young man," Skilling's attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, said in a brief written statement. "Jeff and his family are heartbroken."

(Editing by Jerry Norton)

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Comments (10)
katz523 wrote:
There should be a study, sociopaths and their children who commit
suicide.
So, sorry for the family’s pain, this is an awful time for all of them.

Feb 03, 2011 6:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Like Madoff, Skilling has lots of time to consider how his criminal activity may have altered the course of history for his family in such tragic ways.

Feb 03, 2011 8:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ecstatist wrote:
Do not forget that another Enron executive (Baxter) committed suicide, Kenneth lay died of a heart attack that, some believe to be self induced to prevent the recovery by Enron victims of some his “personal” funds via the courts thus leaving his heirs plenty of dirty money to live on.
I wonder how many hopeless, broken victims of Enron and Arthur Anderson also took that last step.
Much of this could have been prevented by decent Government oversight that conservative politicians still wish not to have. One justice system for the very rich and another…..

Feb 03, 2011 8:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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