Don Lapre's Mom Jail Officials Took His Meds Away
10/4/2011 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The mother of TV pitchman Don Lapre, who committed suicide in jail Sunday, tells TMZ she blames jail officials for taking his anti-depressants away ... and also blames the FBI and U.S. Attorney General for her son's suicide.
Shirley Cleveland tells us ... her son was being treated for severe depression, just before he was jailed for 41 counts of conspiracy and fraud, in connection with his product -- The Greatest Vitamin in the World.
In fact, Shirley says Don had attempted suicide in the past. She says when she learned jail officials took his meds away she called his lawyer and begged for her to intervene. Shirley says the jail gave him another medicine, but it did not treat his depression.
And, Shirley insists, her son was innocent of all charges.
The U.S. Marshals tell us they do not comment on medical history.