Gigi Jordan, the multimillionaire pharmaceutical executive convicted of killing her 8-year-old autistic son inside an upscale New York City hotel room, was found dead at home on Friday morning, reports say.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor had issued an order hours earlier revoking Jordan’s bail.
The 62-year-old was convicted of manslaughter in 2014 in connection to the death of her son, Jude Mirra.
The socialite from Belgium allegedly admitted to using a syringe to plunge a lethal cocktail of painkillers, tranquilizers and sleeping pills mixed with alcohol and orange juice down the boy’s throat inside their $2,300-a-night suite at the luxury Peninsula Hotel in Manhattan in February 2010.
Part of her defense was that she intended a murder-suicide, as Jordan had also ingested several medications and emailed a relative, who reportedly alerted authorities. But prosecutors argued that as her autistic son was dying, she used her laptop to pull $125,000 from his trust fund, New York Daily News reported.
Jordan was sentenced to 18 years in prison on the manslaughter charge, but a Manhattan federal judge in 2020 granted bail amid her ongoing appeals for a new trial.
Her appeals focused on 15 minutes during which the courtroom was briefly closed to the public during her trial.
Citing unnamed officials, WNBC reported that Jordan was found dead in a bathtub, with a note nearby, just five minutes after midnight Friday morning inside a Brooklyn residence she was renting. Not immediately ruled a suicide, a medical examiner will determine the official cause of death.
Jordan’s lawyer, Norman Siegel, also confirmed her death to news outlets. The attorney said he last spoke to Jordan by phone around 7:30 p.m. Thursday and she “sounded in good spirits.”