Evan Chandler -- the father of Jordan Chandler, who accused Michael Jackson of molesting him -- was found dead early this month of a gunshot wound to the head, the New York Post reports.
The 65-year-old former dentist was discovered in his Jersey City apartment with a .38-caliber revolver in his hand, officials say. The building's concierge found the body. No note has been found, but police officials believe it's an open-shut case.
"He [Chandler] was on his bed still holding the weapon with a single gunshot wound to the head," Jersey City police spokesman Stan Eason told reporters. "It's straightforward. Case closed. It's suicide."
Eason said Chandler was gravely ill and scheduled to see a hermatologist on the day he died. When he didn't make his appointment, the doctor called the concierge to check on him.
"There was medication found in the apartment consistent with a serious illness," Eason said.
In the 1990s, Jordan Chandler and his parents received $20 million settlement from Jackson over the sexual abuse claims, although the late King of Pop was never charged with the crime.
Jordan and his father became estranged and Jordan even received a restraining order against Evan in 2006, after he allegedly hit his son with a dumbbell.
According to a family friend, Evan Chandler was depressed in the final days of his life. "Over the years, [Evan] began to develop tremendous mood swings. He was always depressed," the friend said.
Chandler was once a prominent Beverly Hills dentist, but his business and personal life collapsed due to the strain of his son's claims against Jackson. According to reports, he has undergone several plastic surgeries in order to disguise himself from angry Jackson fans.
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