The teenage son of actress Hunter Tylo, who once won a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the late TV mogul Aaron Spelling after she was fired for being pregnant, has drowned in his mother’s swimming pool.
The body of Michael Tylo Jr., 19, was found fully clothed on Wednesday night in the pool behind his mother’s Las Vegas-area house, her manager, Marv Dauer, told Reuters on Thursday.
Dauer said the boy was at the house with his older step-brother, Christopher, and was believed to have suffered a seizure and fallen into the pool after stepping outside the home to use his cell phone.
He said the actress, at her Los Angeles home when she learned of her son’s death, was devastated. He said Michael had no history of substance abuse. The house where the drowning occurred is in the process of being put up for sale, he said.
A spokeswoman for the Clark County, Nevada, coroner’s office confirmed the teen was found in the pool Wednesday night and the cause of death was listed as an accidental drowning.
The victim’s mother, 45, currently stars on the CBS daytime drama “The Bold and the Beautiful” as Dr. Taylor Hayes Maroney.
In December 1997, Tylo was awarded nearly $5 million in damages against Spelling’s production companies for being fired from his hit TV show “Melrose Place” because she got pregnant. The child, a daughter named Izabella, was 13 months old by the time the pregnancy discrimination case went to court.
During the six-week trial, the actress stunned the court by revealing she was eight-months pregnant. That child, a daughter named Katya, was later diagnosed with a cancer of the retina and lost an eye.
“She’s had one tragedy in her life after another, more than her share,” Dauer said of Tylo.
The two daughters and her 19-year-old son were the soap star’s children with ex-husband and actor Michael Tylo. She also has a 26-year-old son, Christopher, from a previous marriage.