CORONADO, CA - A team of detectives is assigned to figure out what led to two deaths, in separate incidents, at a 27-room mansion in Coronado, Calif. more than a week ago.
Six-year old Max Shacknai, the 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.
Shaknai’s live-in girlfriend, 32-year-old Rebecca Zahau, was found with her hands tied together, according to reports.
Police said the young boy fell down the main staircase of the family's Coronado Island mansion last week, 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 Rebecca Zahau.
Zahau was found dead by Shacknai's brother Adam, who was staying in the guest house. Police have not yet determined if Zahau’s death was a murder or suicide.
According to published reports, investigators have asked toxicology reports in the autopsies be expedited to help in the investigation.
Those results could be complete next week.
Zahau’s family members, according to media reports, said Zahau was not depressed and did not believe she killed herself.
Sheriff's Captain Tim Curran has called the death "very bizarre."
Sheriff's investigators have not established any connection between the two deaths, and have not made any arrests.
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