Update: Playboy Playmate Found Dead from Drug Overdose

WESTLAKE, Ohio from www.cleveland.com — A former Playboy Playmate was found dead in her home Friday morning following a suspected heroin overdose, police said.

The Cuyhoga County Coroner’s office has yet to issue a ruling on the cause of death for 40-year-old Jennifer Lynn Jackson-Thompson, whose body police said was discovered by her husband.

Jackson-Thompson had a troubled history with law enforcement, including arrests for drugs and driving while impaired. She had been arrested four times in the past five years, according to police records.

Earlier this year, she was taken into custody following a fight at a Center Ridge Road trailer park. In 2005, Jackson-Thompson was charged with receiving stolen property, but charges were later dropped.

On June 30, 2007 Jackson was arrested a second time in Oberlin for operating a vehicle while impaired. She was also charged with stealing cigarettes from a gas station. Police said they found both marijuana and rolling papers in her car at the time.

Jackson-Thompson graduated from North Olmsted High School in 1986 and went on to study business and finance at Kent State University.

In April 1989, at the age of 19, Jackson appeared in a Playboy pictorial and was the Playmate of the Month. She was also one of the finalists for the magazine’s 35th Anniversary pictorial.

from www.clevelandleader.com – Jennifer Lyn Jackson Thompson, a former Playboy Playmate who hailed from Cleveland and made headlines in July 2007 when she was arrested for drunk driving, died of what appears to be a drug overdose early Friday morning. Police were called to the mobile home park where she lived with her husband.

Cleveland’s own Miss April 1989 was found dead. Police say that there is nothing suspicious about her death and that she has been abusing drugs for years.

Jackson, 39, was charged with a DUI in 2007 after she was pulled over by police in Oberlin, OH. Authorities also found in her car open beer bottles, marijuana, and rolling papers. Further allegations were that she stole the cigarettes and cigars found in her vehicle. She was sentenced to 180 days in jail.

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