Rebecca Zahau's Family Rejects Suicide Theory

The family of the girlfriend of Scottsdale-based Medicis CEO Jonah Shacknai -- who was found bound, naked, and hanging by her neck at Shacknai's Coronado, California, mansion last week -- rejects the theory that she committed suicide.

The San Diego Sheriff's Department is being pretty tight-lipped about the case, and hasn't determined whether the death is a murder or if Zahau killed herself.
"Obviously the investigation is not complete yet, but as far as what I know about my sister, my sister did not commit a suicide," Mary Zahau-Loehner, Zahau's sister, says in a statement to the media.

"My sister was not depressed, my sister was not frantic, my sister was planning to call my parents the next day."

Just before 7 a.m. last Wednesday, police received a call from Adam Shacknai, Jonah Shacknai's brother, saying that a woman was possibly dead at Shacknai's home.

Adam Shacknai found Zahau hanging from a balcony in the courtyard of the Coronado mansion and cut her down.

When police arrived, Zahau was lying on her back.  Her feet and wrists were bound behind her back.

Authorities say an autopsy has been completed but that the results are currently sealed.

Jonah Shacknai, police told New Times at the time, was not in the home when Zahau's body was found.

Zahau's body was found just days after Shacknai's 6-year-old son, Max, was injured in a fall down the stairs at the same Coronado home.

Max Shacknai died from those injuries on Friday.

Shacknai has been the chairman and chief executive officer of the Medicis pharmaceutical company since 1988.

Medicis sells the acne drug Solodyn and cosmetic products like Restylane and the botulinum toxin Dysport, a Botox competitor.

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