Former Cleveland Playboy Playmate Found Dead from Drug Overdose

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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She was my preferred playmate. I'm very sad.

I'm devasted. I just saw the report on a news station and had to check the internet to see if it was true. Met her a few times at a local bar and she was always very kind. In shock.

I am so sorry to read of this. I would like to repeat that she was such a nice person and I hate how many people we have lost to drug overdoses. Such a shame and a waste. What a beautiful girl...

Not only was she a beautiful girl and a kind person but she as also very very smart. She skipped a grade in high school because of her intelligence. It is truely a shame and a waste. Rest in peace my friend.

she said in court after her arrest that she was on disability..what disability did she have..she was a beautiful playmate all natural..not like the silicone ones of today

As to her disability, I believe that refers to the condition she had in which she could not achieve a full state of sleep (REM state?), and any damage to her muscles could not therefore heal (or something like that). I read a transcript on Playboy.com of an online conversation with her a few years back. Any mis-information is purely my fault. I never met her or talked to her myself, but I was a fan. Hers was one of the first issues of Playboy I ever bought. When I started learning to use a scanner, her pictorial was the first thing I scanned. When I started playing World of Warcraft, I named my Draenei Paladin after her (Missapril). I always had this fantasy of meeting her at a convention and getting her to sign my Playmate book. That will never happen now. Farewell, Lady J.... we'll miss you.

Ahhh.the definition of success, was it a few photographs in Playboy??? To be sure, many people were quite enamored with her appearance, but how did she live her life and treat those who depended on her?

She brought a beautiful little girl into this world and refused to be a good mother to her. Extreme drug use was common in every facet of Jennifer's life. Further, her daughter suffers from some severe communicative disabilities and has not been taken care of by her mother.

How terribly, terribly, sad to be a daughter of Jennifer Lyn Jackson. Most people probably do not know that she has a daughter. She had little to no contact with her and the girl lives a life of little nurturing and care. Nothing could be sadder. The little girl's situation is truly heart-breaking.

Jennifer never could realize her priorities and continued to use illegal drugs to numb her existence. Success.....sorry, Jen.....you never could walk the walk.

Rest in peace for your daughter knows no peace.

Pretty cold hearted and judgemental aren't you?

she s an irresponsible drug addict come on!

To live life successfully, you must die. I can only hope that you achieve the level of success that the lovely Jennifer Jackson did.

I'm guessing that your saving grace is the ability to persuade fellow christians and other gullibles that your character assaults are motivated out of something other than the jealousy and malice that you lot pretend to disdain.

In a few millenia, your creed shall be gone, but the devotion to physical beauty will continue as long as mankind does (since man is, in essence, physical.) If life after death is anything but a fairytale, yours shall be confused, and hers shall be exalted.

hey asshole whoever you are there's a nice warm spot for you in hell! who the fuck are you to judge anyone? but if i ever find out who you are I'll gladly plant your face through the cement.she was a nice girla and only pussies speak ill of the dead.have some respect you no class peice of fucking trash.

TommyGunn

maybe if some of you armchair holier than thou's had spent half as much effort helping this poor girl get treatment instead of trashing her she would be alive.Courageous for saying those things about her said one comment? you people are fucking pathetic....

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I'm the face that will kick the dogshit out of anyone who has anything bad to say about her she was a nice person.No joke come and see me since you have the balls to talk shit on here say it to my face,she can't stick up for herself I'll do it for her I'm rock solid and its np.god bless you Jen you were loved.

and yet she made choices in her life which led to her own demise. I think advocator gives a brutally honest assessment of the situation, and I appreciate his/her courage. Unfortunately, it illustrates a reality that few want to acknowledge.

Cold hearted? Judgmental? Jennifer chose to take the low road over and over again. She chose drugs and alcohol and tenuous lifestyle over one that would provide a warm and nurturing home environment.

Once you bring a child into the world, one has a duty to provide love, warmth, comfort, and care to that child. Is that not a duty of a mother? Being a person of character involves some sacrifices along the way especially when it comes to the care of a small child. Jennifer was willing to choose the drugs over her child over and over again.

If Jennifer would have taken the high road and become a true success, those around her would not be suffering today. While being in the limelight, Jen could have made a good life for her and her child; but she continued to abuse her body to the exclusion of all others.

She leaves behind much sadness and torment. To be sure, like "M" has stated previously, Jen's own choices ALWAYS & OVER and OVER again---led to her own demise.

It truly is a sad story of pain doled out to her child and the pain that endures even after her death.

Jennifer Lynn Jackson represents for all of us life of what could have been. Tragically she got lost along the way down the fickle pathway to success, took a couple of wrong turns,and eventually crashed & burned. Though I knew nothing of this woman until today, I see a little bit of her in all of us who shined early on with the brightest of dreams, talents and God given potential. Rather than judge her as a fallen beauty whose life and early success were squandered, I think she gives all of us reason for pause and reflection. The would've, could've, should'ves have no place here. Nor does judging her life as a failure. Instead, recognition of the common thread of compassion, acceptance and human fragility might go further in lending meaning to her life and ours. Let us choose the light of love, health and happiness over that of the darkness of despair, dis-ease and self-destruction.

Sorry, but Jen could have made a great life for herself AND her child. Life is all about choices, but when you give birth to a child-----those choices need to be highlighted and focused on the child. A mature person can handle the responsibility that goes along with bringing a life into the world.

Those who knew her, realized with much sadness and dismay that she would go for months and months with never a mention of care or concern her child and lived a life of a single woman with no responsibilities and no job. Payments from the taxpayer helped her hone her addiction. Her actions were well practiced and led to a very desperate life. The sad and hurtful choices she made hurt many people around her.

Success is not a promise. Success is built action by action, brick by brick. Jen chose the downhill spiral of a life that centered around herself and her drugs. It is not a pretty sight, but it is what it is.

Most people do choose the path of light over darkness, caring over ignoring a child, sobriety over addictions, career over governmental benefits, nurturing over abandonment. We can be joyful that the vast majority of people in our society work daily and love daily, and nurture daily. In THAT we can rejoice!

Life doesn't just "happen". We are in control of our choices and we also have a requirement and obligation to protect children. One makes their own path in life and ultimately the needs of a child must come first.

As you can see, most people are not even aware that the woman had a child that she abandoned. That is the saddest legacy of all.

Who will be crying in the darkness???

Sorry, but Jen could have made a great life for herself AND her child. Life is all about choices, but when you give birth to a child-----those choices need to be highlighted and focused on the child. A mature person can handle the responsibility that goes along with bringing a life into the world.

Those who knew her, realized with much sadness and dismay that she would go for months and months with never a mention of care or concern her child and lived a life of a single woman with no responsibilities and no job. Payments from the taxpayer helped her hone her addiction. Her actions were well practiced and led to a very desperate life. The sad and hurtful choices she made hurt many people around her.

Success is not a promise. Success is built action by action, brick by brick. Jen chose the downhill spiral of a life that centered around herself and her drugs. It is not a pretty sight, but it is what it is.

Most people do choose the path of light over darkness, caring over ignoring a child, sobriety over addictions, career over governmental benefits, nurturing over abandonment. We can be joyful that the vast majority of people in our society work daily and love daily, and nurture daily. In THAT we can rejoice!

Life doesn't just "happen". We are in control of our choices and we also have a requirement and obligation to protect children. One makes their own path in life and ultimately the needs of a child must come first.

As you can see, most people are not even aware that the woman had a child that she abandoned. That is the saddest legacy of all.

Who will be crying in the darkness???

To Nico,
you have no idea what you are talking about. Addiction is a very serious disease that if not treated, eats away all your morals, hopes, dreams, family, etc, etc... She was an ADDICT whom needed help. Nobody WANTS to abandon children. You have GOT to be out of your mind to think she did any of those things out of selfishness, Did you ever think that perhaps she KNEW she was unable to care properly for her child so she, out of CARING, gave up her child. People like you are the mean- coldhearted people whom needs to take a look in the mirror to see whats really wrong with society.

Many consider her to be an angel, why? I believe its because men judge women with their eyes. Many good looking people have been murdereres, drunks, drug users, child abusers, yet because of how they look you always get these people thinking that somehow they just weren't that bad.

Yes, she was pretty outwardly, and may have been a nice person to hang out with. But she made choices that were life threatening and will forever affect the life of her child and family.

Why do liberals always think its cruel to hold people accountable for their lifestyles that lead to tragedy? No wonder our prisons are full and the welfare applicants are endless.

Jennifer was in a Playboy Video Calendar feature in the late 80's that I remember quite well because it was done so artfully unlike most of Playboy's efforts. I remember her beautiful red hair flowing, lovely face glowing, gorgeous young body attired in sheer white all dappled in sun and shadow ,
In this same vid , she was interviewed sitting on a rooftop . I remember how special she was . What a waste .

About a dozen Playboy Playmates have died of drug overdoses, beginning with the first, Marilyn Monroe. Sue Williams (April 1965) and Tiffany Sloan (October 1992) committed suicide by overdosing.

http://www.whosaliveandwhosdead.com/l_pmom.asp?sort=dod

All 12 Playmates from 1959 are still alive.

I Just saw J a few days before Christmas.
She showed up on my door step with a poinsettia in her arms and a smile on her lovely face.
We had a little girl talk and she seemed okay at the time.
I knew her for a few yrs only and she was a very troubled woman. I wanted her to get help but she would not.
Im sad and in shock , but I knew it would end this way if she didnt get help.
Love for dear J , now a sweet beautiful angel. You are free now J.
My prayers are for her "mini me" as she called her daughter
and for her husband.

I WAS JENS HUSBAND I WILL NEVER MEET A SEXIER OR SWEETER PERSON EVER AGAIN .SHE HAD A PROBLEM WE TALKED BUT I RAN OUT OF TIME.I THANK HER FOR EVERY THING SHES DONE FOR ME.AND THE HAPPINESS SHE BROUGHT ME.I THINK OF HER EVERY MINUTE OF THE DAY AND HOPE SHES RESTING COMFORTABLE ABOVE LOVE ALWAYS HONEY JIM

if she liked her ex better and didnt have all his presure sex do this do that she would have seen beeccaq alot more she loved her daughter but couldnt handle the ex and his ways. he should have let a mother and a daughter have there time,instead of being hitler and control every move j made he waswrong and says he loved her she was married dude get it through your head you had her and lost her and took it out on her visiting rights shes gone try to control her now from a mad hubby love always jim

I find it rather humorous that so many people really think they made a difference in a playmate's life, much less knowing her. We all want to meet one or two but there are only 12 a year and millions of us. You would have to be a stalker or a bar fly at a watering hole one may visit. Some here could be her drug source. How many people die for the exact reasons every day in this world? Shed a tear for them as well.

She looked good nekkid and that is the end of the story.

I'm a Playboy Centerfold. I knew J and I worked with her. We lived in different parts of the country so we didn't know each other well, but I've read all of the comments above and I'm sickened. First because of the tragedy of losing another human being to drug addiction; and second because she has left a mother-less daughter. Drug addicts don't make a choice to be drug addicts, I know this first hand. Beating any addiction is the hardest thing anyone will ever do and only 10% of recovering people stay off drugs/alcohol for good. So to address "personal responsibility" just know that J did not consciously make "choices". She just didn't know how to, or receive the help she needed to beat the disease. To the comments mentioned above by "Bob" and the "advocator", wow, you better stop in your tracks and take a good, long, hard look at your life and hope that NOTHING ever happens to you or your family, what an incredibly judgemental thing to say and feel. You have no idea what she was going through. I don't either. I know that I was clean and sober for 14 years, I have an elevan year old daughter and I'm a single parent and have been since she was 4 months old. Some of the things I've done have not been what I wanted to do, but since I had a daughter to support I did what I needed to do. One of those things was to stay clean/sober, but it was only through the gift of God that I did that. Not everyone can. Lastly to "Frankola", you said you find it humorous that people think they may have made a difference in a Playmates life, let me tell you, EVERY SINGLE fan, person, autograph seeker, etc etc etc made a difference in my life. Meeting fans was the best part of the whole experience (except getting tons of television work too, that was pretty great!) but fans were the BEST and they made a huge difference in my life and my career path. Maybe all of you judgemental, stone throwing people should stick to topics that you know more about and let us other Playmates grieve the loss of one of our own. And to those more forgiving and realistic, let us all pray for her poor, innocent daughter and victim left behind, she will need our thoughts and possibly donations to make a good life for herself. May the Lord bless her and her family.

I grew up with Jenny. And, I loved her. She was my best friend. But, at some point, I lost her. I couldn't be her friend anymore. She got sucked into drugs and that life style. I will always love her and I hope to see her again. She was a beautiful person on the inside and on the outside. I miss her everyday.

I too was a Playboy Playmate and while I didn't know Jennifer well, I had the pleasure of working with her. She was a beautiful wonderful person with a big heart. I loved working with her because while many of the playmates were full of themselves, Jennifer knew how to laugh and not take things so seriously. This is the Jen I will always remember. I'm sad to learn that she left a daughter behind and could not find the strength to change her life. How interesting to read people judging someone that they never knew.