By: Bill Waters
Feb 4, 2021
Enron son dead from overdose in Santa Ana. Former Enron President Jeff Skilling’s youngest son was found dead in his home. Santa Ana police say his friends called 911 when he didn’t show up for a planned dinner.
John Taylor Skilling, 20, was found dead in his Santa Ana home around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Paramedics found bottles of prescription medication near the body. He is the son of the former Enron President.
Friends said had been distraught after breaking up with his girlfriend. Jeff Skilling’s attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, said there was no indication of suicide and the death appeared to be an accidental overdose. A comedy movie was queued up on the young man’s computer screen, Petrocelli said.
The younger Skilling, who went by J.T., was a sophomore at nearby Chapman University and the youngest of three children. “He didn’t have any major issues. He just a healthy, young college kid and just a wonderful young man. This is very, very tragic,” Petrocelli said. The Orange County coroner’s office was waiting for toxicology tests that could take up to six weeks before determining the cause of death, said Jae Simon, a forensic supervisor.
A Chapman University spokeswoman did not immediately return a message seeking comment. Jeff Skilling, 56, was the highest-ranking executive to be punished for Enron’s downfall and is currently serving a 24-year sentence in federal prison for fraud, insider trading, conspiracy and lying to auditors. He is appealing his conviction, and Petrocelli said he will seek a temporary release from prison to attend his son’s funeral.
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