Tuberculosis Test Delays Hearing in 1981 Slayings Case

Poor Eddie has had all types of ailments and health issues over the years. All told, he has had a lung removed, a major sinus tumor operation, emphysema, and I believe I read where the skin between the nostrils (nasal septum) of his nose was gone, and had to be replaced with tissue during a plastic surgery operation. Nash has been through the ringer, but he is still kicking and chilling out at his condo in Tarzana.

Here, we see Nash in jail on the RICO indictment in 2000, while struggling with medical issues.

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May 25, 2000 | Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — Former Hollywood nightclub owner Eddie Nash, twice acquitted in the slayings of four people at a Laurel Canyon drug den in 1981, is undergoing tests in the San Bernardino County Jail’s medical ward to determine if he has tuberculosis.

The 71-year-old Nash, who suffers from emphysema, tested positive for TB Monday when he was taken to Los Angeles federal court for a bail hearing.

The proceeding was called off after the test results became known. Tuberculosis can be communicated through the air.

Defense co-counsel Bradley Brunon said Tuesday that Nash had a bout with TB about 40 years ago. He said that the initial skin test is not conclusive and that further tests would determine whether Nash is suffering from a new occurrence.

A federal grand jury last week returned a 16-count racketeering indictment against Nash, reviving allegations that he directed the Laurel Canyon deaths in retaliation for a $1-million theft of drugs and jewels.

Nash was tried twice in the slayings. In the first trial, the jury deadlocked 11 to 1 for conviction. He was acquitted in the second trial. The indictment accuses Nash of bribing the holdout juror in the first trial, along with trafficking drugs and other crimes.