On Wednesday, the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner ruled that Gigi Jordan, the millionaire pharmaceutical executive who was convicted of manslaughter in the death of her 8-year-old son, committed suicide by putting a plastic bag over her head filled with nitrogen gas.
Jordan, 62, was found dead inside her Brooklyn apartment at around 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 30 — just hours after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued an order that was expected to send her back to prison.
The NYC medical examiner ruled the manner of death a suicide on Wednesday, stating that the cause of death was “Asphyxia by covering of head with plastic bag and displacement of oxygen by nitrogen gas.”
Over a decade ago, in February 2010, Jordan was accused of force-feeding her autistic son, Jude Mirra, a lethal dose of pills in a luxury suite at the Peninsula Hotel.
During a six-week trial, the mom’s defense admitted that she had killed the boy but argued that she had done so while she was in a state of extreme emotional disturbance because she feared her ex-husband was about to murder him. She was acquitted of the top murder count by a Manhattan jury but was found guilty of manslaughter in 2014 and sentenced to 18 years in prison. However, in 2020 a federal judge tossed her conviction over a procedural misstep.
Jordan was freed on Dec. 9, 2020, after serving more than 10 years of her sentence. A federal judge ordered her released to home confinement on a $250,000 bond while her case played out.
The day before she was found dead, Sotomayor issued the order that reversed a previous order from Dec. 20 allowing her to remain free on bail while the high court considered her appeal.
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