Two Mysterious Deaths at CEO's Mansion

Monday, 18 Jul 2011 03:14 PM

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Two mysterious deaths have occurred in a one-week span at the multi-million dollar Coronado, California home of Jonah Shacknai, founder and CEO of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp, reports WSBT.com.

On July 11, Shacknai’s 6-year-old son was rushed to the hospital after sustaining serious injuries from what police said was a fall from a staircase in the mansion. The boy passed away from injuries several days later.

In a statement released by the Shacknai family, Jonah and his ex-wife Dina said, “With great sadness, Dina and I convey the tragic passing of our beloved son, Max (affectionately known as Maxie). Despite heroic efforts on the part of paramedics and hospital staff, he was unable to recover from the injuries suffered early last week. His loving, kind, and vibrant spirit will forever be in our hearts and those whom he touched every day. The loss to our families, Max’s many friends of all ages and teammates, and the community is immeasurable.”

However, the young boy’s death was not the Shacknai mansion’s only recent tragedy. Only two days after Max’s initial injury, the body of Jonah Shacknai’s girlfriend, Rebecca Nalepa, was found bound, nude, and hanging from a balcony overlooking the mansion courtyard.

The body was reported to local police by Adam Shacknai, the CEO’s brother who lives nearby in the mansion guest house. Investigations are currently underway with both Shacknai brothers and Dina Shacknai being questioned as lead suspects.

Officials have yet to confirm if the death was a murder.

“Because of the unique and bizarre circumstances, it has yet to be determined whether this is a homicide or a suspicious death,” said Captain Tim Curran of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. “This is a very bizarre death. There is no doubt about it.”

Following news of the investigations, shares of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp, makers of the wrinkle-filler Restylane, dropped 5 percent.

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