Son of Former Enron CEO Found Dead

Jeffrey Skilling's youngest son was a college sophomore
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2011 5:26 PM CST
In this Aug. 11, 2004, file photo, former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling leaves the federal courthouse in Houston.   (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

(Newser) – The 20-year-old son of former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling has been found dead in his apartment, wire services are reporting. John "JT" Skilling had been a sophomore at California's Chapman College, and friends got suspicious when they hadn't heard from him in a while. No cause of death has been determined, and a family attorney tells CNBC that foul play and suicide have been ruled out. A police official, however, tells AP that bottles of medication were found near his body and that Skilling had been distraught over a breakup.

Jeffrey Skilling is currently serving a 24-year prison term for insider trading, fraud, and conspiracy, and he will seek a temporary release for his son's funeral. Police say they are awaiting a toxicology report to determine the cause of death, which could take up to six weeks. JT was the youngest son of Jeffrey Skilling and had attended many of the key moments of his father's trial as a teenager, notes CNBC.

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