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?
Very sad. I always thought Shapiro was one of the few involved in the OJ defense with some dignity. He got out of the mess early!
If you are driving a car 100mph at night on a winding road in a rainstorm, or if you are skiing off the path on the expert slopes during a fog or if you decide to try hanggliding out for the first time on a blustery day unaccompanied, yes.
The same thing goes for those who simultaneously take two dangerous illegal drugs that individually have killed thousands of people.
All four were just begging for trouble.
Indeed. Everyone associated with that trial, on the defense side, treated the case as a career move. How well I remember Kim Goldman telling of the cruel smirk OJ threw the Goldman's way just after the verdict. A sad day for the Shapiro family to be sure. Irony is so ironic.
But he merits worse comeuppance than that.
Fixed. No charge.
One can't help but ponder that. Meanwhile, like Old Man River, that smug, mean SOB Simpson just keeps on rolling along...
I read somewhere that the average college students completes their undergrad degree in five years, with six years not uncommon.
Doesn't take but ONE time.
I think kids should be more aware of the people who this happens to. They have such a 'won't happen to me' attitude. This boy woke up that morning thinking 'won't happen to me' too.
I don't think the son of a filthy rich defense attorney had the same concerns as 99% of the people on the 5 or 6 year plan.
Reminds me of a muzzie curse I heard not long ago "May Allah tear your head off and rip your spine out of your body and then put it back in and rip it out again over and over for a thousand years."
No biggie, I don't think less of folks who take time to make some money, or who have other episodes that require attention.
I think it's more common, though, that a lot of folks on the five or six year plan register for 4 classes per semester, end up dropping 1 or 2 consistently, and that extends their time in college.
I know dozens of guys and gals like this. This has nothing to do with money or special circumstance.
Problem: this "boy" was 24 years old -- an age when normally developing MEN have a solidifying sense of what is reckless and what is responsible. If this "boy" was a victim in any way, it was his being the son of rich, famous lawyer who probably shirked the responsibility of good parenting.
This is what my brother did. Drinking. What is there to say about that? Death wish, self-destructive behavior. Self-hatred. Selfish, self-centered, oblivious to the feelings of others, especially his son whom he purported to love. Course I always knew he had that sociopathic streak.
I suppose. Everybody is wise to him now though. I doubt there are very many people who would want to be him. I sure wouldn't.
If I had my druthers I think I would have "pushed" Brent Shapiro. After all, the torso bit may be painful, but it's final. ;)
Prayers for the Shapiro family in their grief. A co-workers son died several years ago at the age of 19 from taking ecstasy.
This is so painful.
Don't you think there's an awareness that students are better prepared if they get some work under their belt before they graduate so they can make some money and demonstrate they have the basic suit up and show up skills?
I don't know, but I always did better at school if I was working too. Helped me structure my time. If I was going to school only I had too much free time and I would procrastinate and in the end things wouldn't get done.
When I worked, I had certain windows for studying that I had to hit, because they were the only time windows I had.
But then I dropped out for 5 years. I worked full time and went to school for a long time. I wasn't too good at school the first time around. "Behavioral issues" as the other poster said.
My mother's best friend's son did something similar to her - cursed and fought with his mother, stole her car keys while she wasn't looking and then drunkenly hydroplaned into a tree at 75mph.
The poor, sweet woman very nearly lost her mind. She was in another world at the funeral. It was absolutely heartbreaking.
I will post what many are thinking. If the FR secret police can't handle it then so be it:
There is a side of me that is sad for the Shapiro family because their son died.
HOWEVER, THERE IS A SIDE OF ME THAT CELEBRATES ROBERT SHAPIRO'S SUFFEREING DUE TO HIS SON'S DEATH. THAT SCUM GREEDY LAWYER SHOULD SUFFER FOR REPRESENTING THE MURDERER SIMPSON. MAY HE SUFFER FOR THE DEATH OF HIS CHILD.
I hope that Shapiro now puts himself in Fred Goldman's shoes and uses his considerable talents to help crime victims pro bono, instead of collecting paychecks from wealthy thugs.
I think a year or so of work, or two years or so of military service, between highh school and college is an excellent idea. Not at all because they can demonstrate that they can suit up and show up, though.
I think that a year outside of an academic setting really would mature the typical 18 year old. A lot of the ivory tower stuff that passes for critical thinking and analysis in colleges won't pass the smell test of someone who has some real experience under their belt.
"MAY HE SUFFER FOR THE DEATH OF HIS CHILD."
The son was a drug addict. He was also one of these wild-ones, that idolizes the likes of other alcoholic/addicts such as Jim Morrison.
How is the father of a 24 year old responsible for such things?
I would guess it is not a Christian wish, for the father to suffer. I can't say if it would be a Jewish wish.
It probably would be a muslim wish, from my overall impression of that faith tradition.
Very sad. Prayers for the Shapiros. To lose a child at such a young age is a horror that I wish on nobody.
For those who wish to "twist the knife" because Shapiro was a defense lawyer: shame on you. Everyone deserves a competent and zealous defense in our judicial system. He's not to blame if the jury acquits a guilty man.
We're all ultimately responsible for the risks we assume. It's a fact of life. Sometimes we "get away" with things and sometimes we don't. Skiing, hangliding, speeding are not without risks. You could hit a tree like Sonny Bono and Michael Kennedy. We try to manage risks with safety equipment in cars, helmets and training. Non-monogamous marital sexual activity is one area that involves risk. It could be a pregnancy, HIV or just being found out cheating in a relationship.
This concept is a point I discussed in the embryonic stem-cell debate here on FR. I specifically recall an example about a spinal cord injury in high school football star. I'm sorry for his injury but he accepts that risk when he plays. Asking us to destroy nascent life to paper over the consequences of his choice to play football is immoral, ethically bankrupt, arrogant and barbaric. The same would have gone for Chris Reeve and others.
It's isn't heartless when you side for life that hasn't even yet had an opportunity to breath or enjoy the choices you yourself suddenly regret because of your injury. Fortunately, we don't have to make those choices since there are so many other opportunities for stem cell sources other than destroying life.
Ultimately, 24 year old law student Brent Shapiro is responsible for his own death.