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Son of former Enron president found dead in Santa Ana apartment

February 3, 2011 |  4:21 pm

A son of jailed former Enron President Jeff Skilling has been found dead in his Santa Ana apartment, authorities said Thursday.

Police were called to the 1200 block of East Fairhaven Avenue about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday after John Taylor "J.T." Skilling, a student at Chapman University, didn’t show up for dinner with two friends, Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

Police discovered prescription medicine bottles near the 20-year-old’s body, and friends said he was upset over a recent breakup with a girlfriend.

“There were no signs of trauma or evidence of a crime,” Bertagna said.

The body was taken to the Orange County coroner’s office. The cause of death has not been listed pending toxicology results that will be available in four to six weeks.

Daniel Petrocelli, Jeff Skilling’s attorney, confirmed that the victim was the son of his client. “He was a good kid. A real good kid,” Petrocelli said. “This is just awful.”

Jeff Skilling is serving a 24-year sentence in a Colorado federal prison for fraud, insider trading and conspiracy. Petrocelli said he is in talks with the Federal Bureau of Prisons to see if Skilling will be released for his son’s funeral.

“His dad is devastated, distraught and heartbroken,” Petrocelli said.

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