Pharmaceutical director found dead hours after Supreme Court considers sentence for killing autistic son

The pharmaceutical millionaire convicted in 2014 of the murder of her eight-year-old autistic son was found dead in her home hours after the Supreme Court overturned her bail.

Gigi Jordan, 62, was found dead at about 12:30 p.m. Friday in her Stuyvesant Heights, Brooklyn apartment. Police are investigating the death as suspected suicide.

Jordan was convicted of the February 2010 murder of her son Jude Mirra in a room at the Peninsula Hotel in Manhattan. She gave her autistic son a deadly cocktail of painkillers, antiseptic pills and sedatives mixed with juice and alcohol before attempting to take her own life.

Her prosecutors argued that she killed him because he was emotionally disturbed, and Jordan testified that he was traumatized after being sexually abused by his biological father, Emil Tzekov, her second husband.

In 2015, she was sentenced to 18 years in prison. However, her manslaughter conviction was overturned in 2020 due to a procedural error.

On Friday, one of Jordan’s lawyers, Norman Siegel, confirmed her death, describing it as “incredibly sad.”

“Gigi Jordan had a lot to offer society,” said Siegel. “Ultimately, she had no opportunity to contribute to society.”

He said the last time he spoke to Jordan was Thursday when she called him and said she “seemed to be in a good mood”.

Jordan’s cause of death remains unclear, however according to law enforcement sources, a note was reportedly found at the scene.

On Thursday, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued an order that would have sent Jordan back to prison. The judge overturned a previous December 20 order that had allowed her to remain free on bail while the high court heard her appeal.

During questioning, she testified that out of fear she made an unsuccessful attempt to take her own life and that of her son.

“I didn’t see a way out of this situation,” she said during the trial. “I’ve made a decision to end my life and Jude’s.”

If you are experiencing feelings of anxiety or are unable to cope, you can speak confidentially to Samaritans on 116 123 (UK & ROI), email [email protected] or visit Samaritans website to find details of your nearest branch.

If you live in the US and you or someone you know needs mental health help right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Helpline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This is a free, confidential crisis helpline available to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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