Skip to comments.Brent Shapiro, 1980–2005 - OD may have killed son of O.J.’s lawyer
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 deans list, had been partying with friends at a residence near the Hollywood Bowl after Saturdays 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, Shapiros 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 Coroners Office will conduct toxicology tests, with results taking up to six weeks.
Mr. Shapiros death was sudden and unexpected, said Chief Craig Harvey of the county Coroners Office. Because Mr. Shapiros death was apparently caused by the ingestion of a substance and it was not due to natural causes, it made it a coroners case.
Robert Shapiro is most famous for being a member of O.J. Simpsons dream team, along with Johnnie Cochran. Shapiros 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.
I wonder if his recreational activities had anything to do with him being 24 and still in college.
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.
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"?
FWIW: Shapiro co-founded LEGALZOOM. Touted by Dennis Prager...on second thought...so what.
Oh, Great! Another rich, Jewish guy from L.A. who thinks he's black.
And I wasn't a crankhead on X.
Very bad karma around the OJ affair.
May I assume my "torso" is now safe?
From ... http://www.myspace.com/sirmonk1ne
A boy died...all you can say is tsk tsk...I bet you call yourself a Christian too.
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.
No, a grown man killed himself.
I returned to college when I was 22 after taking time off to work.
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?
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?
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