NEW YORK — Jonathan Levin, the schoolteacher son of Time Warner CEO Gerald Levin, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment Monday night, killed by a gunshot wound to the head, according to an autopsy.
The body was bound with duct tape and gagged, though a police spokesman said there were no signs of forced entry and the apartment was in good condition. The time of death was not disclosed but Levin’s body had begun to decompose, and an investigative source said he apparently had been dead since late last week.
Jonathan, 31, was the youngest of three children born to Gerald Levin and his former wife, Carol. Gerald Levin and his wife, Barbara, have two other children.
“We are shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Jonathan Levin,” Time Warner president Richard Parsons said Tuesday. “The sympathy, love and prayers of all the women and men of Time Warner go out to Jerry, Barbara, Carol Levin and the entire Levin family.” It’s not clear if Levin will take a leave of absence because of the tragedy.
On Monday, co-workers at Taft High School in the Bronx had alerted neighbors that Jonathan Levin had not shown up for his job as an English teacher. Neighbor Richard Veloso let police into the flat and said he saw Levin lying face down, halfway out of the kitchen, with a pool of blood around his head.
Levin’s German shepherd, Julius, was found shut in the bedroom, Veloso said. “The dog was barking all weekend.”
At Taft High, eight people were taken to the hospital with stress-related problems after hearing the news Tuesday morning.
The apartment is on Columbus Avenue near 70th Street on the Upper West Side. Neighbors described Levin a humble man who never mentioned his family’s wealth. “I had no idea he had such famous parents,” said Thelma Ortiz. She said he had dated several women in the recent past.
Gerald Levin, 58, became chairman of Time Warner in 1992 after the death of Steven Ross, who built Warner Communications and engineered its takeover of Time Inc. Levin has been with the company more than 20 years.