Jonah Shacknai Announces Death of Son, Max, 6

Boy succumbs to injuries suffered in last week's fall at Spreckels mansion.

Max Shacknai, 6, the son of a wealthy Arizona businessman whose family has become embroiled in drama and tragedy, has died, his father's company announced Sunday.

The boy was injured in a fall last Monday at his father's oceanfront summer home, the historic Spreckels mansion. Two days later his father's girlfriend, Rebecca Zahau, was found dead in the same home, nude and bound. Authorities have yet to discuss her cause of death.

Jonah Shacknai issued the statement through his Scottsdale-based company, Medicis Pharmaceutical, calling the boy “loving, kind and vibrant.” He did not say if his son died Sunday, but said a private memorial was being planned.

The statement, included here, was issued in partnership with Max's mother, Jonah Shacknai's ex-wife, Dina. Both split time between Coronado and Arizona.

The statement reads:

With great sadness, Dina and I convey the tragic passing of our beloved son, Max (affectionately known as Maxie). Despite heroic efforts on the part of paramedics and hospital staff, he was unable to recover from the injuries suffered early last week.

His loving, kind and vibrant spirit will forever be in our hearts and those whom he touched every day. The loss to our families, Max's many friends of all ages and teammates, and the community is immeasurable.

We appreciate your respecting the privacy of our families during this time of grieving for Max.  A private memorial service is being planned.

Memorial contributions honoring Max may be made to Whispering Hope Ranch Foundation either by mail to 9045 E. Pima Center Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85258, or via their website, www.whisperinghoperanch.org .

On behalf of Dina, myself and our families, please know of our appreciation for the tremendous outpouring of support provided during this very difficult time.


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