John Taylor Skilling, the son of former Enron executive Jeff Skilling, was found dead in his apartment in California. The Associated Press says that a bottle of medication was found next to John Skilling, and they report that he had been distraught over a recent breakup with his girlfriend.
His father, Jeffrey Skilling, served as president of Enron. In 2006, Jeff Skilling was convicted after a jury trial of multiple charges arising out of Enron’s collapse, and was sentenced to 24 years in prison. He appealed to the Supreme Court, which vacated part of his conviction in a major ruling on the “honest services” fraud statute, and sent the case back for resentencing.
In May, Mark Madoff, son of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff, was found dead of an apparent suicide. Bernie Madoff is currently serving a 150-year prison sentence for his massive Ponzi scheme.
John Taylor Skilling, son of Enron executive Jeff Skilling, found dead in California apartment [New York Daily News]
Ex-Enron big’s kid dead at 20 [New York Post]