Son of Former Enron President Found Dead

Authorities say John Taylor Skilling, the youngest son of former Enron executive Jeff Skilling, was found dead in his apartment this week.

The 20-year-old, who went by the name J.T., was a student at Chapman University in Orange, California.

He lived in an off-campus apartment in Santa Ana, where friends discovered his body on Tuesday, February 1st.

The Orange County Coroner’s Office says there was nothing in the apartment to indicate foul play or any obvious reason for his death.

The cause of death is still under investigation and it could take four to six weeks to get toxicology results.

His family has been notified.

Skilling grew up in Houston and was a 2009 graduate of Episcopal High School.

His father, Jeff Skilling, is the former President of Enron and is currently serving a 24 year sentence in federal prison after being convicted on multiple counts of fraud , insider trading and conspiracy.


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