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Lethal Drug Mix Killed Jill Ireland’s Adopted Son

November 22, 1989 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The adopted son of actress Jill Ireland died from a lethal drug mixture that was both injected and ingested, the coroner’s office disclosed Tuesday.

The type and quantity of drugs won’t be disclosed for another week, but Jason McCallum, 27, had a history of abusing heroin, cocaine, morphine and alcohol.

″He died of acute multiple drug intoxication, administered by ingestion and injection,″ said Bob Dambacher of the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office. ″It is listed as accidental.″

McCallum was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home Nov. 7. Miss Ireland said after his funeral Nov. 11 that she thought her son had shaken his drug habit.

″I think he was clean,″ she said at the time, adding, ″We may find out that he had broken down and taken drugs again. I’m prepared for anything.″

Miss Ireland and her husband, actor Charles Bronson, weren’t available for comment Tuesday, said Lori Jonas, publicist for the couple.

The actress adopted Jason while she was married to actor David McCallum, known for his role as agent Illya Kuryakin in the 1960s television series ″The Man From U.N.C.L.E.″

Miss Ireland and David McCallum were divorced in 1967, and she married Bronson a year later. Jason was one of seven children Bronson and Miss Ireland raised.

The actress and her adopted son later found his birth mother who told them that the baby’s biological father had been a heroin addict and his grandfather an alcoholic.

Jason McCallum’s long battle with heroin addiction was well documented in one of his mother’s books, ″Life Lines.″ She once said her struggles to save Jason were more traumatic than her own cancer battle.

Miss Ireland, 54, lost her right breast to cancer five years ago and last year she learned the disease had spread to her lungs. She has been undergoing radiation treatments since.

Three weeks before her son’s death, Miss Ireland told those gathered at a New York ceremony honoring cancer victims that she loved life but was able to accept her own mortality.

″I’ve had a very good life so far,″ she said, adding, ″Every day is special and very important.″