CEO Addresses Mansion Deaths for First Time

Jonah Shacknai thanks supporters, promises quick return to work
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2011 7:29 PM CDT
CEO Jonah Schacknai Addresses Mansion Deaths, Pledges Quick Return to Work
This 2010 photo released by Medicis Pharmaceuticals shows CEO Jonah Shacknai.   (AP Photo/ Medicis Pharmaceuticals Corp.)

The CEO whose son and girlfriend died under suspicious circumstances within a week of each other thanked shareholders for their support and promised to be back to business as usual soon, reports People. "We have undertaken some tragedies, some losses, that one couldn't imagine experiencing in a lifetime," Jonah Shacknai said at the start of a conference call to shareholders of Medicis Pharmaceuticals.

They were his first public comments on the deaths of son Max, 6, who was found at the bottom of stairs, and girlfriend Rebecca Nalepa (also known as Rebecca Zahau), who was found hanging at his San Diego mansion. Both deaths remain under investigation. "At this time, I have been with my kids, waiting for school to begin," he said. "I expect very quickly to return to the normal work schedule at the office." ABC News has audio of the call, and the Wall Street Journal has details of a possible deal to sell Medicis. (More Jonah Shacknai stories.)

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