CORONADO, CA - The 6-year-old son of a pharmaceutical company executive died Sunday, almost a week after falling down the stairs at his father's historic mansion -- the same house where his father's girlfriend was found dead hanging nude from a balcony two days later.
In an email Sunday, Scottsdale millionaire Jonah Shacknai said his son Max died "despite heroic efforts on the part of paramedics and hospital staff."
Police said the young boy fell down the main staircase of the family's Coronado Island mansion on Monday, in what appeared to be a tragic accident.
At least two TV stations said that Shacknai, who is the CEO of Medicis Pharmaceuticals, was at the hospital with his ex-wife at Max’s bedside while doctors arranged to have his organs donated.
The boy’s father was not home at the time. Instead, Max was in the care of Shacknai’s live-in girlfriend, 32-year-old Rebecca Zahau.
Zahau was found dead on Wednesday by Shacknai’s brother Adam, who was staying in the guest house. Police said she was found dead hanging nude from a balcony at the mansion, her hands and feet bound.
Sheriff's Capt. Tim Curran has called the death "very bizarre."
Sheriff's investigators have not established any connection between the two deaths, and have not determined if Zahau was a crime victim and have made no arrests. They said they have not ruled out suicide.
The boy's family said Sunday memorial contributions honoring Max can be made to Whispering Hope Ranch Foundation either by mail to 9045 E. Pima Center Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85258, or via their website .
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