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Brent Shapiro, 19802005 - OD may have killed son of O.J.s lawyer
LA WEEKLY ^ | 10/14/05 | CHRISTINE PELISEK

Posted on 10/13/2005 10:39:34 AM PDT by BurbankKarl

The 24-year old son of renowned defense attorney Robert Shapiro died Monday of an apparent drug overdose, authorities said.

Brent Edward Shapiro, a USC student on the dean’s list, had been partying with friends at a residence near the Hollywood Bowl after Saturday’s USC-Arizona football game. He became ill and was found in a comatose state at 7 a.m. Sunday. His friends called paramedics, who took him to Cedars-Sinai Hospital. At the hospital, Shapiro’s friends told emergency staff that he had taken the drug Ecstasy (also known as MDMA). He was pronounced dead at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Blood tests at the hospital detected Ecstasy and methamphetamine. Ecstasy is a synthetic, psychoactive drug chemically similar to the stimulant methamphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline. The Coroner’s Office will conduct toxicology tests, with results taking up to six weeks.

“Mr. Shapiro’s death was sudden and unexpected,” said Chief Craig Harvey of the county Coroner’s Office. “Because Mr. Shapiro’s death was apparently caused by the ingestion of a substance and it was not due to natural causes, it made it a coroner’s case.”

Robert Shapiro is most famous for being a member of O.J. Simpson’s dream team, along with Johnnie Cochran. Shapiro’s clients have included Jose Canseco, Johnny Carson, Christian Brando and F. Lee Bailey. Shapiro is also the author of the New York Times best-seller The Search for Justice.

Funeral services for Brent Shapiro were held Wednesday at Stephen S. Wise Temple in L.A., with interment at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary. In addition to his father, Shapiro is survived by his mother, Linell, and a brother, Grant.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: obituary; ojsimpson; scumbag; shapiro
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USC students are having a bad week, first an O.D., then a murder arrest.
1 posted on 10/13/2005 10:39:37 AM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: BurbankKarl

Tsk,tsk.


2 posted on 10/13/2005 10:44:06 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: BurbankKarl
Crank and X.

Whoa.

I wonder if his recreational activities had anything to do with him being 24 and still in college.

3 posted on 10/13/2005 10:44:42 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander-in-Chief)
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To: BurbankKarl

Very sad.


4 posted on 10/13/2005 10:46:29 AM PDT by tiki
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To: wideawake

Not necessarily. He was on the dean's list. The trend today is to encourage parents to start their children in school later, especially boys. I finished college at 24. I took a semester off to work and I switched majors half-way through that took me an extra year.


5 posted on 10/13/2005 10:47:21 AM PDT by twigs
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To: ozzymandus

Okay, condolences to the Shapiro family..but why is a 24 year old son of a famous (and likely very wealthy) lawyer still in college? Perhaps past "behavioral problems"?


6 posted on 10/13/2005 10:47:23 AM PDT by Bruceski
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To: BurbankKarl

FWIW: Shapiro co-founded LEGALZOOM. Touted by Dennis Prager...on second thought...so what.


8 posted on 10/13/2005 10:50:00 AM PDT by dsmatuska
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To: wideawake

http://www.myspace.com/sirmonk1ne

a musician!


9 posted on 10/13/2005 10:50:42 AM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: BurbankKarl

Oh, Great! Another rich, Jewish guy from L.A. who thinks he's black.


10 posted on 10/13/2005 10:55:02 AM PDT by Bruceski
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To: twigs
I graduated at 23 because I took two years off to work to raise tuition money - an economic reality which I am sure did not intrude on the Shapiros' sheltered life.

And I wasn't a crankhead on X.

11 posted on 10/13/2005 11:05:41 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander-in-Chief)
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To: BurbankKarl

Very bad karma around the OJ affair.


12 posted on 10/13/2005 11:08:22 AM PDT by NixonsAngryGhost (WARNING- Arlen Specters Brain is Radioactive)
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To: BurbankKarl
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13 posted on 10/13/2005 11:11:22 AM PDT by G.Mason
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To: NixonsAngryGhost

Seems like.


14 posted on 10/13/2005 11:12:48 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (.)
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To: ozzymandus

A boy died...all you can say is tsk tsk...I bet you call yourself a Christian too.


15 posted on 10/13/2005 11:12:50 AM PDT by Hildy ( liberals cannot change the present, and cannot effect the future, so they MUST relive the past...)
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Ron Goldman was 25 years old when Shapiro's buddy killed him.

Losing a son is a horrible thing - I wonder if he stopped to reflect on Fred Goldman's plight as he cashed a murderer's paycheck.

16 posted on 10/13/2005 11:14:14 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander-in-Chief)
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A boy died

No, a grown man killed himself.

17 posted on 10/13/2005 11:15:13 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander-in-Chief)
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To: wideawake

I returned to college when I was 22 after taking time off to work.


18 posted on 10/13/2005 11:16:38 AM PDT by Hildy ( liberals cannot change the present, and cannot effect the future, so they MUST relive the past...)
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To: wideawake

So, if you're driving a car a little too fast, or skiing or hangliding it's ok to die because you chose to do the activity?


19 posted on 10/13/2005 11:17:33 AM PDT by Hildy ( liberals cannot change the present, and cannot effect the future, so they MUST relive the past...)
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To: BurbankKarl

Seems like the "Dream Team" has been having a lot of bad things happening to them. Cochran and Robert Kardassian are dead. Robert Shapiro's son died. Is this team getting cosmic payback for defending the slime OJ?


20 posted on 10/13/2005 11:21:08 AM PDT by cmiller623 (Mayor Antonio Villa....or never mind. Los Angeles is doomed!)
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