Father of MJ's accuser commits suicide
The father of a boy who accused Michael Jackson of molesting him committed suicide at his luxury high-rise in Jersey City, officials said Tuesday.
Evan Chandler, 65, a retired dentist, was found Nov. 5 in his apartment with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police said. He was found on his bed, the revolver still in his hand, said Stan Eason, a spokesman for the Jersey City police.
In 1993, Chandler's then-13-year-old son accused the King of Pop - who died this summer - of molesting him. Despite a lengthy grand jury investigation, no criminal charges were filed and Jackson settled a civil suit with the family a year later for what is believed to have been more than $20 million.
Chandler, who had since become estranged from his son, was very ill and regularly seeing a hematologist in nearby Bayonne, N.J., said Eason. There was medication found near the body, though police did not say what type.
One of Chandler's relatives told the New York Post he had also been injecting his face with botox and had other cosmetic surgeries.
When Chandler did not show up for his doctor's appointment on Nov. 5 and did not respond to phone calls, the doctor called his building and the concierge entered the apartment just after 5:30 p.m. and discovered the body. He killed himself earlier that day, police said. Jersey City officials did not realize who Chandler was until press reports about the death emerged Tuesday.
“This was just a suicide and until someone put two and two together, nobody paid much attention,” Eason said.