The college-age son of former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling has been found dead in the California apartment where the student lived.

John Taylor Skilling, 20, was found dead Thursday laying near bottles of medication, police said, according to news reports.

Authorities are awaiting results from an autopsy to determine the cause of death, but foul play isn't suspected.

The younger Skilling, who went by J.T., was a sophomore at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., where he was studying communications. Police found his body Thursday evening when they went to the apartment after friends said Skilling failed to show up for dinner.

Jeffrey Skilling is serving 24 years in prison after being convicted for numerous crimes related to the collapse of Enron, the former Houston-based energy giant.

J.T. was often present in the courtroom when his father was on trial about five years ago.

Skilling's attorney, Daniel Petrocelli told the the New York Daily News that he has requested that his client have permission to attend his son's funeral.

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anjalimit

Mr. Schepp shoud know the difference between "laying" and "lying".

February 04 2011 at 5:36 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
djparker

All the lying,cheating,stealing put the "old man" in the Pokey when he should have been out, making an honest living, and enjoying life with his family. Maybe he should have Bernie Madoff for a cellmate. They could commiserate over their Ill Begotten Gains and the destruction they imposed on their children.

February 04 2011 at 5:23 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
imarks

finally pay back to that piece of ****..Jeff Skilling...

February 04 2011 at 3:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robert Thomas

May his request be denied and may he rot in jail. Does he not realize his example he has set for his son probably led his son to kill himself? It had to be a small contributing factor...

February 04 2011 at 12:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Josh Rose

why let that prick out for the funeral? he deserves no rights, he stole from everyone, i dont feel bad for him....i feel bad for his son who carried his dads burden

February 04 2011 at 12:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nancy

ANOTHER TRADEDY DUE TO GRIED.
THE SINS OF THE FATHERS.....

February 04 2011 at 11:44 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Billy Goat

Nancy is correct. Sins of the fathers get passed to the children. The boy had a massive burden. The reverse is also true, the good deeds of the fathers also get passed to the children.

February 04 2011 at 2:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
captmerit

let him rot

February 04 2011 at 11:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
captmerit

let me rot!

February 04 2011 at 11:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
glennglory1

Permission denied.

February 04 2011 at 10:03 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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almagayle50

Exactly. His humiliating behavior probably contributed to his son's death. Why should he get an outing to make a public display of what a devoted dad he is. Let him catch it on webcam.

February 04 2011 at 10:21 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply