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    FILE - This August 2008 file photo released by Horizon Eye Specialists & Lasik Center shows Rebecca Zahau. Arizona pharmaceuticals tycoon Jonah Shacknai has asked California's attorney general to review investigators' findings that Zahau, Shacknai's girlfriend, killed herself by tying her wrists and ankles and hanging herself naked from a balcony of his historic mansion outside San Diego. (AP Photo/Horizon Eye Specialists & Lasik Center, Dwight Smith) MANDATORY CREDIT

SAN DIEGO >> The family of a woman who was found hanged in a San Diego mansion say they’ll exhume her body for more testing and the findings will be aired on the "Dr. Phil" TV show in the future.

Relatives of Rebecca Zahau don’t accept the medical examiner’s conclusion that she committed suicide in July at the Coronado home.

The San Diego Union-Tribune quotes a family statement as saying a public donation fund will pay for the exhumation and a second autopsy.

Zahau’s naked and bound body was found in the mansion owned by her boyfriend, Jonah Shacknai, CEO of Medicis Pharmaceuticals Corp., an Arizona-based company.

Authorities say she killed herself because she was distraught over a fatal fall that Shacknai’s 6-year-old son suffered at the house two days earlier.


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