Departed Celebrities

Paul Walker

On November 30, 2013, at approximately 3:30 p.m. PST, Paul Walker and friend Roger Rodas, left an event for Walker's charity Reach Out Worldwide in Rodas's red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. The car crashed into a concrete light pole and two trees on Hercules [more]
Street, a 45 mph speed zone near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, after which the vehicle burst into flames. Rodas was driving the car, while Walker was the passenger. Both victims were declared dead at the scene. Walker died from the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries, according to the Los Angeles county coroner's office. Both of their bodies were burned beyond recognition. Further investigation revealed that the speed of the car was the lone reason for the crash. The car was said to be traveling between 80 and 93 miles per hour, and had nine-year-old tires that were seldom driven on.

Tony Scott

On August 19, 2012, at approximately 12:30 p.m. PDT, Tony Scott died by suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the San Pedro port district of Los Angeles, California. Investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Division found [more]
contact information in a note left in his car, parked on the bridge, and a note at his office for his family. Witnesses said he did not hesitate before jumping. His body was recovered from the water by the Los Angeles Port Police. Within hours of his death, a rumor began circulating that a possible motive for his suicide was that he had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Both his widow and his brother Ridley categorically denied the rumor. On August 22, Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman Ed Winters said the two notes Scott left behind made no mention of any health issues but neither the police nor the family disclosed the content of those notes.

Whitney Houston

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston was found dead in room 434 of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, submerged in a bathtub, on [more]
the afternoon of February 11, 2012, one day before the annual Grammy Awards. She was 48. Autopsy results later revealed that she had died from accidental drowning, brought on by cocaine use and a heart condition.

Don Cornelius

Police said 75 year old, "Soul Train" creator and host, Don Cornelius, who had been ill and suffered through a bitter divorce, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. “Soul Train” featured soul and R&B artists. The show ran for 35 years, and he [more]
hosted the show for 23 of those years.

Ronni Chasen

Ronni Sue Chasen once represented such actors as Michael Douglas. She also directed the Academy Award campaigns for more than 100 films during her career including Driving Miss Daisy in 1989 and The Hurt Locker in 2009. Chasen was shot in Beverly Hills on [more]
November 16, 2010, at approximately 12:28 a.m. PST, as she was driving home from the Hollywood premiere of the film Burlesque. Neighbors near the intersection of Whittier Drive and Sunset Boulevard in the city of Beverly Hills originally reported hearing gunshots in front of their homes, but more calls came in to the 911 call center a few moments later stating that a late model, black Mercedes-Benz had run a curb, then hit and toppled a concrete street light. When police arrived, they found Chasen slumped in the driver's seat, the steering wheel airbag inflated, with blood emanating from her nose and chest area, in and out of consciousness with the front passenger side window shattered. Chasen was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Corey Haim

On March 10, 2010, after Haim's mother phoned 9-1-1, paramedics took Haim from their home to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, where he was pronounced dead at 2:15 a.m. He was 38 years old. Los Angeles police stated that his death appeared to [more]
be an accidental overdose and that four bottles containing Valium, Vicodin, Soma (a muscle relaxant) and Haloperidol (an anti-psychotic) were retrieved, later confirmed as prescribed by a specialist, but that no illegal drugs were found at the scene. It emerged that Haim had used aliases to procure 553 prescription pills in the 32 days prior to his death, having "doctor-shopped" seven different physicians and used seven pharmacies to obtain the supply, which included 195 Valium, 149 Vicodin, 194 Soma and 15 Xanax.

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy was a film and stage actress and singer. On December 20, 2009, at 8pm, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to "a medical request" at the Los Angeles home Murphy and husband Simon Monjack shared. She had apparently collapsed in a bathroom. [more]
Firefighters attempted to resuscitate Murphy on the scene. She was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she died at 10:04 after going into cardiac arrest. Shortly after her death, Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told the Associated Press: "It appears to be natural." An autopsy was performed the day after she died. On February 4, 2010, the Los Angeles County coroner stated that the primary cause of Murphy's death was pneumonia, with secondary factors of iron-deficiency anemia and multiple drug intoxication. On February 25, 2010, the coroner released a report stating that Murphy had been taking a range of over-the-counter and prescription medications, with the most likely reason being to treat a cold or respiratory infection. These included "elevated levels" of hydrocodone, acetaminophen, L-methamphetamine and chlorpheniramine. All of the drugs were legal and the death was ruled to be an accident.

Michael Jackson

It was here, at this palatial home on the border of Holmby Hills and Bel-Air, that superstar Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, at the age of 50. An emergency 911 call placed from the residence reported that he was unconscious and not [more]
responding to CPR efforts. He was taken by paramedics to the nearby UCLA Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. The cause was an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol. more...

Scott Ruffalo

Scott Ruffalo was a well-known hairdresser and brother of actor Mark Ruffalo. Scott was shot in the head while he was home at his Beverly Hills condominium at about 1:40 am. The case is still unsolved but a little more than three years later, Shaha Mishaal [more]
Adham, a key witness in the case, was found dead after an apparent drug overdose. She and her boyfriend, Brian Scofield, were considered persons of interest in the case after they turned themselves in to the police a week after the shooting.

John Berg

John Berg was an American actor. He appeared in several television roles, including Law & Order, The Practice, Passions, The Bold and the Beautiful, House, Boston Legal, NCIS, Monk and others. He had a film credit playing a Romulan senator in Star Trek [more]
Nemesis. Berg committed suicide in his home by turning on a hibachi grill in his bedroom and succumbing to its carbon monoxide fumes.

Richard Jeni

Richard John Colangelo, better known by the stage name of Richard Jeni, was an American stand-up comedian and actor. On March 10, 2007, Jeni was found by his girlfriend Amy Murphy, a weather anchor and reporter for KTTV in Los Angeles, with a .38 caliber Colt [more]
Detective Special between his feet and an apparent self-inflicted handgun wound to the head in the bedroom area of his West Hollywood, California home. Jeni and Murphy had been conversing in bed, discussing breakfast and their plans for the day, when Murphy left to cook breakfast downstairs. After a few minutes she heard the sound of a gunshot, ran upstairs, discovered the body, and called 9-1-1. Police and paramedics arrived and transported Jeni to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he died. His family later stated with certainty that the death was a suicide, and that Jeni had recently been diagnosed with "severe clinical depression coupled with fits of psychotic paranoia." According to the coroner's report released in June 2007, Jeni had a history of schizophrenia and had been taking antidepressants and a sleeping aid. The report further indicated that his girlfriend heard him talking to himself about a week earlier, saying "just squeeze the trigger."

Lana Clarkson

On February 3, 2003, Lana Clarkson was fatally shot in the mansion of music producer Phil Spector. In the early hours of that morning, she met Spector while working at the House of Blues. Both left the House of Blues later in Spector's limousine and [more]
drove to his mansion. Spector and Clarkson went inside while his driver waited outside in the car. About an hour later, the driver heard a gunshot before Spector exited his house through the back door with a gun. He was quoted as saying, according to affidavits, "I think I just shot her."Spector stated that Clarkson's death was an "accidental suicide" and that she "kissed the gun". Spector was tried for the murder of Clarkson four years later in 2007. On September 26, 2007, the case was declared a mistrial because the jury was hung 10 to 2 for conviction. He was tried again for second degree murder on October 20, 2008. On April 13, 2009, the jury found Spector guilty of murdering Clarkson. Spector was sentenced on May 29, 2009 to 19-years-to-life in state prison.

Teresa Graves

In 1983, Teresa Graves retired from show business to devote her time to the Jehovah's Witnesses religion. For the rest of her life, Graves resided at 3437 West 78th Place in the Hyde Park neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, and took care of her mother. On [more]
October 10, 2002, Graves' home caught fire. She was found unconscious in a bedroom before being rushed to the hospital where she later died. She was 54 years old.

Bonnie Lee Bakley

On May 4, 2001, Robert Blake took Bonny Lee Bakley to an Italian dinner at Vitello's Restaurant on Tujunga Avenue in Studio City. Afterward, Bakley was killed by a gunshot to the head while sitting in the car, which was parked on a side street around the [more]
corner from the restaurant. Blake claimed that he had returned to the restaurant to collect a gun which he had left there, and was not present when the shooting occurred. The gun that Blake claimed he had left in the restaurant was later determined not to have fired the shots that killed Bakley.

Phil Hartman

The the 49 year old comic actor, Phil Hartman was shot to death in his sleep by his wife, Brynn, on May 28, 1998. His wife later committed suicide. Hartman was known for his impressions of President Bill Clinton on "Saturday Night Live" Later, he landed the [more]
role of egotistical radio newsman 'Bill McNeal' on the TV sitcom "NewsRadio."

Brian Keith

Actor Brian Keith shot himself following a long bout with lung cancer and emphysema. He was known for roles as TV's Uncle Bill in "Family Affair," and star of ""Hardcastle and McCormick".

Notorious BIG

On March 9, 1997, at around 12:30 a.m. (PST), Wallace left an after party following the Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles with his entourage in two GMC Suburbans to return to his hotel. The Fire Department closed the party early because of overcrowding. [more]
Wallace traveled in the front passenger seat alongside his associates, Damion "D-Roc" Butler, Junior M.A.F.I.A. member Lil' Cease and driver, Gregory "G-Money" Young. Sean Combs traveled in the other vehicle with three bodyguards. The two trucks were trailed by a Chevrolet Blazer carrying Bad Boy's director of security. By 12:45 a.m. (PST), the streets were crowded with people leaving the event. Wallace's SUV stopped at a red light at the corner of Wilshire Blvd & South Fairfax Ave 50 yards from the museum. A dark colored Chevrolet Impala SS pulled up alongside Wallace's SUV. The driver of the Impala, a black male dressed in a blue suit and bow tie, rolled down his window, drew a 9 mm blue-steel pistol and fired at the GMC Suburban. Four bullets hit Wallace but, according to his autopsy, only the fourth was fatal. Wallace's entourage rushed him to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where doctors performed an emergency thoracotomy, but he was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m.

Ennis Cosby

On the evening of January 16, 1997, Ennis Cosby, on break from school, was driving to visit a friend when his car developed a flat tire on Interstate 405 in Los Angeles. He telephoned his friend, who drove out to assist him. While Cosby [more]
changed the tire, his friend remained in her own car. An armed man approached her driver-side window, causing her to move the vehicle twenty to fifty feet. When she returned, she discovered that Cosby had been shot in the head.

Margaux Hemingway

Actress and model Margaux Hemingway was found inside of her apartment, dead of an overdose of pills. Ms. Hemingway had been unable to capitalize on her early success in films such as "Lipstick." Neighbors reported that she hadn't been seen in over a week. [more]
Police found her. She had committed suicide on the anniversary of the suicide of her famous grandfather, Ernest Hemingway.

Ray Combs

On June 1, 1996, police were called to Combs' home at 1318 Sonora Avenue in Glendale, California over reports of a disturbance. Combs had reportedly destroyed the inside of his home and had also been banging his head against the walls. Shortly after [more]
police arrived, Combs' estranged wife Debbie arrived and informed police that Combs was suicidal and had spent the previous week in the hospital for a suicide attempt. He was involuntarily admitted to the psychiatric ward of Glendale Adventist Medical Center in Glendale, California by the police and placed on a 72-hour mental observation hold. Early the next morning, Combs fashioned a noose from his hospital sheets and hanged himself in a closet. Combs' funeral was held on June 7 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Glendale. His body was flown back to his hometown of Hamilton, Ohio, where he was interred in Greenwood Cemetery in Hamilton, Ohio. Combs was survived by his parents, Ray, Sr. and Anita Jean Combs, his wife Debbie and their six children. Unbeknownst to Combs' widow Debbie, he was deeply in debt at the time of his death. At the height of his career, Combs was earning close to $1,000,000 per year but reportedly had difficulty managing his money. In addition to his two failed comedy clubs in Hamilton, Combs owed $100,000 in back taxes, $150,000 in loans and credit cards, and had a $470,000 mortgage. The family's Glendale home was foreclosed on and Debbie was forced to sell off some of her husband's autographed photos and celebrity caricatures. A benefit was also held at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood which netted $10,000 for the family. Johnny Carson, who had given Combs his first break in show business, also sent Debbie a check for $25,000.

Haing Ngor

On February 25, 1996, Ngor was shot dead outside his home in Chinatown, in downtown Los Angeles, California. Many Cambodians claimed they had a stake in his estate, with one woman claiming he had married her after coming to the United States. Most of [more]
Ngor's Cambodian assets went to his brother, Chan Sarun, while his American assets were used up in legal fees staving off claims to his estate. He was buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California. Charged with the murder were three reputed members of the "Oriental Lazy Boyz" street gang who had prior arrests for snatching purses and jewelry. They were tried together in the Superior Court of Los Angeles, though their cases were heard by three separate juries.[6] Prosecutors argued that they killed Ngor because, after handing over his gold Rolex watch willingly, he refused to give them a locket that contained a photo of his deceased wife, My-Huoy. Defense attorneys suggested the murder was a politically motivated killing carried out by sympathizers of the Khmer Rouge but offered no evidence to support this theory. Kang Kek Iew, a former Khmer Rouge official on trial in Cambodia, claimed in November 2009 that Ngor was murdered on Pol Pot's orders, but U.S. investigators did not find him credible. Some criticized the theory that Ngor was killed in a bungled robbery, pointing to $2,900 in cash that had been left behind and the fact that the thieves had not rifled his pockets. Why the thieves would have demanded his locket has never been answered. Ngor typically wore the locket next to his skin under his clothing, so it would not have been in plain sight. As of 2003, the locket has not been recovered.

Hugh O'Connor

Hugh Edward Ralph O'Connor was an American actor. The son of actor Carroll O'Connor, he portrayed Det./ Lt. Lonnie Jamison on the television drama In the Heat of the Night from 1988-1995. When he was 16, Hugh was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. He survived [more]
the cancer with chemotherapy and two surgeries, but became addicted to drugs. He had been taking prescription drugs for the pain and marijuana for nausea, but later became addicted to harder drugs. Despite numerous stays at rehabilitation clinics, he never conquered his addiction and remained in recovery.On March 28, 1995, the third anniversary of his marriage to Angela Clayton, O'Connor called his father to tell him he was going to end his life. He told his father he believed he could not beat the drugs and could not face another drug rehabilitation program. Carroll called the police, who arrived at Hugh's Pacific Palisades, California, home just as he shot himself in the head. The police later determined he had cocaine in his blood.

Nicole Brown Simpson

Nicole Brown Simpson, the former wife of O.J. Simpson. was found with her throat slashed outside of this condominium, lying in a pool of blood on the sidewalk. Her acquaintance, Ronald Goldman, had also been savagely stabbed to death.

Bill Bixby

Bill Bixby, known for roles in many television series including My Favorite Martian, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, and The Incredible Hulk, died of complications from cancer. His wife, Judith Kliban, and his longtime friend, Dick Martin, were by his side.

River Phoenix

The Viper Room, a rock club where 23-year-old actor River Phoenix ("Stand By Me") died of an overdose of heroin and cocaine. He collapsed on the sidewalk outside of this club and was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai hospital, located at 8700 Beverly Blvd.

Hervé Villechaize

On September 4, 1993, Hervé Villechaize, the 3-foot, 11-inch actor who played "Tattoo", Mr. Rourke's dwarf assistant on the original TV series "Fantasy Island", shot himself to death on the backyard patio of this home. He was cremated, and his ashes were [more]
scattered at sea.

David Rappaport

David Stephen Rappaport was an English actor, one of the best known dwarf actors in television and film, known for his roles in the films Time Bandits and The Bride, and television series such as L.A. Law, The Wizard and Captain Planet and the Planeteers. He [more]
was reported standing 3' 11" (1.19 m), although he told newspapers different heights, ranging from 3' 6" (1.07 m) up to 4 feet (1.22 m). Rappaport struggled with depression later in his life. On 2 May 1990, he committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest in Laurel Canyon Park in the San Fernando Valley, California. A little while later, a jogger discovered his body, and phoned the police.

Del Shannon

Suffering from depression, Shannon committed suicide on February 8, 1990, with a .22-caliber rifle at his home in Santa Clarita, California, he was taking the anti-depressant drug Prozac. He was cremated, and his ashes were scattered. Following his death, the [more]
Traveling Wilburys honored him by recording a version of "Runaway". Lynne also co-produced Shannon's posthumous album, Rock On, released on Silvertone in 1991.

Lindsay Crosby

Lindsay Crosby, son of Bing Crosby and Dixie Lee, was born in California and named for his father's closest friend and Thoroughbred horse racing partner, Lindsay Howard. He was educated at Loyola High School, Los Angeles. He was remembered by his friends for [more]
having a special laid back and clever wit like his father. He performed with his brothers Gary, Dennis and Phillip Crosby as the Crosby Boys during the late 1950s in nightclubs and on The Ed Sullivan Show. The Crosby Boys own inability to cope blighted their lives. They were greatly affected by their father's alleged emotional and physical abuse and mother's decline into alcoholism and a premature death from cancer. Heavy drinking and their emotional problems took their toll. Lindsay died from a self-inflicted rifle shot to the head. He was 51. A family spokeswoman said Crosby shot himself to death in a Las Virgenes apartment after learning that the inheritance he relied on to support his family was gone. His distraught brother, Dennis, never recovered from Lindsay's death and also committed suicide with a shotgun in May 1991.

Jose Menendez

Jose and his wife, Kitty, were murdered in the den of their family home by sons, Lyle (21) and Eric (18) in the evening of August 20, 1989. Jose and Kitty were tired that summer evening because the family had been shark fishing on a chartered yacht, Motion [more]
Picture Marine, until midnight the previous day. With Lyle and Erik out for the evening, Jose and Kitty retired to the den to watch the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me. Neighbors later reported hearing what sounded like firecrackers about 10pm, but dismissed it as nothing to be concerned about. Jose was shot point-blank in the back of the head with a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun. Kitty, awakened by the shots, sprang from the couch and ran for the hallway but was shot in the leg, causing it to break. She slipped in her own blood and fell, then was shot several times in the arm, chest, and face, leaving her unrecognizable. Both Jose and Kitty were then shot in the kneecap in an attempt to make the murders appear related to organized crime. The brothers then drove away and dumped their shotguns on Mulholland Drive and bought tickets at a local movie theater, seeing the James Bond movie Licence to Kill to use as an alibi. At 11:47 pm, when the brothers returned home, Lyle telephoned 911 and cried, "Somebody killed my parents!" The police considered the brothers suspects, but did not have any evidence. During their trial, Erik said he spotted a shotgun shell they had left on the floor, and removed it when the policeman talking to him looked away.

Richard Quine

ichard Quine was an American stage, film, and radio actor and film director. He appeared in a variety of films in the 1940's. After World War II, where he served in the Coast Guard, he tried directing, first as co-producer and co-director on Leather Gloves [more]
(1948), with William Asher, before his first solo effort on the musical The Sunny Side of the Street (1951). His directing credits include Pushover (1954), Operation Mad Ball (1957), Bell, Book and Candle (1958), Strangers When We Meet (1960), and The World of Suzie Wong (1960). He made several films in collaboration with Blake Edwards including My Sister Eileen (1955) and The Notorious Landlady (1962). His final work was on The Prisoner of Zenda (1979) with Peter Sellers, although he was briefly part of the crew for another Sellers film, The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980), for which he received no credit. Quine's work is often seen as part of the expressive sentimental style of film directing. After an extended period of depression and poor health, Quine committed suicide by shooting himself at home on June 10, 1989.

Susan Cabot

Susan Cabot, born Harriet Shapiro, was an American film and television actress. She made her film debut in 1947, by chance when Kiss of Death was filmed in New York, and she played a bit part. She expanded her acting work into television and was seen by a [more]
Hollywood talent scout who took her to Hollywood to work for Columbia Pictures. This brief period was not successful, and she moved to Universal Studios where she was signed to an exclusive contract. After a series of roles which Cabot played mainly in "B" western films, she grew frustrated and asked to be released from her contract. She moved back to New York, where she resumed her stage career with a role in A Stone for Danny Fisher. She was invited to return to Hollywood and appeared in a few more films, including The Wasp Woman in 1960, her final film role. On December 10, 1986, Cabot's son, Timothy Scott Roman, who suffered from dwarfism and psychological problems, beat her to death in her home, with a weightlifting bar. He was subsequently charged with involuntary manslaughter and received a three-year suspended sentence.

Rock Hudson

Rock Hudson died of Aids at this home. He had starred with Doris Day in such comedies as "Pillow Talk," and as Commissioner McMillan on TV's "McMillan & Wife."

Nicholas Dingley (Razzle)

In late 1984 Hanoi Rocks was on their first American tour. Frontman Michael Monroe fractured his ankle, so the band had to skip a few gigs and take a break. During that break, Mötley Crüe's singer Vince Neil invited the band to visit his home, in [more]
California. On 8 December, Nicholas (Razzle) Dingley visited Neil's home and spent the day in Redondo Beach. The two decided to take a trip to a local liquor store in Neil's De Tomaso Pantera. While speeding and driving drunk, Neil lost control of the car and hit an opposing vehicle. The two occupants of the other car were seriously injured. Razzle was taken to South Bay ER but was declared dead on arrival at 19:12 local time. He was buried at Holy Cross Church in Binstead, Isle of Wight in 1984. Neil dedicated Theater of Pain, Mötley Crüe's third studio album, to Razzle.

Jon-Erik Hexum

Jon-Erik Hexum was an American model and actor. Hexum died as a result of an accidental self-inflicted blank cartridge gunshot wound to the head while filming the television series Cover Up on stage 17 of the 20th Century Fox lot. When the scene did not play [more]
as the director wanted it to play in the master shot, there was a delay in filming. Hexum became restless and impatient during the delay and began playing around to lighten the mood. Apparently, he had unloaded all but one (blank) round, spun it, and in what would appear to be a game of Russian roulette, at 5:15 p.m., he put the revolver to his right temple and pulled the trigger. Hexum was apparently unaware that his actions were dangerous. Blanks use paper or plastic wadding to seal gunpowder into the cartridge, and this wadding is propelled from the barrel of the gun with enough force to cause injury if the weapon is fired within a few meters of the body should it strike at a particularly vulnerable spot, such as the temple or the eye. At a close enough range, the effect of the powder gasses is similar to a small explosion so although the paper wadding in the blank that Hexum discharged did not penetrate his skull, there was enough blunt force trauma to shatter a quarter-sized piece of his skull and propel the pieces into his brain, causing massive hemorrhaging.

Marvin Gaye

At around 11:38 am (PST) on April 1, 1984, as Marvin Gaye was seated on his bed talking to his mother, Gaye's father shot Marvin twice. The first shot, which entered the right side of Gaye's chest, was fatal, having perforated his vital organs. Gaye [more]
was taken to the emergency room of the California Hospital Medical Center and was pronounced dead on arrival at 1:01 pm (PST). Gaye died a day before turning 45. The gun with which Marvin Gaye, Sr. shot his son was given to him by Marvin as a Christmas present. Following his funeral, Marvin was cremated with part of his ashes spread near the Pacific Ocean. Gaye did not leave behind a will or an insurance policy at the time of his death. Gaye's father pleaded no contest to a voluntary manslaughter charge and was sentenced to probation. He later died of pneumonia in 1998. Marvin's fans have held vigils for the singer at the final residence to celebrate the day of his birth.

Dennis Wilson

On December 28, 1983, shortly after his 39th birthday, Dennis Wilson drowned at Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles, after drinking all day and diving in the afternoon to recover items he had thrown overboard at the marina from his yacht three years prior. At the time [more]
of his death, Wilson was married to (but separated from) Shawn Marie Love (born Shawn Marie Harris on December 30, 1964), the mother of his son Gage, born September 3, 1982. Shawn Marie died aged 38 in September 2003 of liver cancer. Wilson's previous marriages were to Carole Freedman, with whom he had a daughter, Jennifer and whose son, Scott, he adopted and Barbara Charren, with whom he had two sons, Michael and Carl. Wilson also was married twice to Karen Lamm, the ex-wife of Chicago keyboardist Robert Lamm, once in 1976 and again in 1978.

Karen Carpenter

Karen Anne Carpenter American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard, formed the 1970s duo, the Carpenters. Although her skills as a drummer earned admiration from drumming luminaries and peers, she is best known for her vocal performances. She had a [more]
contralto vocal range. Carpenter suffered from anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder which was little known at the time. She died at age 32 from heart failure caused by complications related to her illness. Carpenter's death led to increased visibility and awareness of eating disorders.

Dominique Dunne

On October 30, a few weeks after the breakup with her boyfriend John Sweeney, Dominique Dunne was at her home rehearsing for the miniseries V with actor David Packer. While she was speaking to a female friend on the phone, Sweeney had the operator [more]
break into the conversation. Dunne told her friend, "Oh God, it's Sweeney. Let me get him off the phone." Ten minutes later, Sweeney showed up. After speaking to him through the locked door, Dunne agreed to speak to him on the porch while Packer remained inside. Outside, the two began to argue. Packer later said he heard smacking sounds, two screams and a thud. He called police but was told that Dunne's home was out of their jurisdiction. Packer then phoned a friend and told him if she was found dead, John Sweeney was the killer. Packer left the home through the back entrance and, upon approaching the driveway, found Sweeney crouching in some nearby bushes. Sweeney told Packer to call the police. When police arrived, Sweeney met them in the driveway with his hands in the air and stated, "I killed my girlfriend and I tried to kill myself." Sweeney later testified that he and Dunne had argued but he could not remember what happened after their exchange and could only recall being on top of her with his hands around her throat. Dunne was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where she was placed on life support because her heart had stopped. She never regained consciousness. Over the following days, doctors performed brain scans that showed she had no brain activity due to oxygen deprivation. On November 4, her parents removed her from life support. At the request of her mother, her kidneys and heart were donated to transplant recipients. Dominique Dunne's grave Dunne's funeral was held on November 6 at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills. Her godfather Martin Manulis delivered the eulogy. She was buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. Her Poltergeist co-star Heather O'Rourke was later buried there in 1988.

Vic Morrow

Victor "Vic" Morrow was an American actor whose credits include a starring role in the 1960s television series Combat!, prominent roles in a handful of other television and film dramas, and numerous guest roles on television. Morrow and two children died when [more]
a stunt helicopter crashed on them during the filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie. In the early morning hours of July 23, 1982, Morrow and two children, Myca Dinh Le (age seven), and Renee Shin-Yi Chen (age six), were filming on location in Ventura County, California, between Santa Clarita and Piru. They were performing in a scene for the Vietnam sequence in which their characters attempt to escape from a pursuing U.S. Army helicopter out of a deserted Vietnamese village. The helicopter was hovering at about 24 feet above them when pyrotechnic explosions damaged it and caused it to crash on top of them, killing all three instantly. Morrow and Dinh were decapitated by the helicopter rotor.

John Belushi

John Belushi died of an overdose of heroin and cocaine at the Chateau Marmont hotel, Bungalow #2. The 33 year old actor/comedian of "Saturday Night Live" fame died of an overdose of heroin and cocaine at the age of 33. Belushi starred in movies such as [more]
"Animal House" and "The Blues Brothers."

Trent Lehman

Trenton Lawson "Trent" Lehman was a former American child actor, best known for his role as Butch Everett on Nanny and the Professor. He also played a young Christine Jorgensen in The Christine Jorgensen Story and appeared in episodes of Gunsmoke and [more]
Emergency!. Lehman committed suicide at the age of 20, by hanging himself on a chain link fence, outside Vena Avenue Elementary School, that he had attended in childhood. Lehman's death, along with those of two other former child actors, Rusty Hamer and Tim Hovey, inspired Paul Petersen to found A Minor Consideration, an advocacy group for child stars.

William Holden

According to the Los Angeles County Coroner's autopsy report, Holden was alone and intoxicated in his apartment in Santa Monica, California, on November 12, 1981, when he slipped on a rug, severely lacerated his forehead on a teak bedside table, and bled to [more]
death. Evidence suggests he was conscious for at least half an hour after the fall. It is probable that he may not have realized the severity of the injury and did not summon aid, or was unable to call for help. His body was found four days later.

Holden had dictated in his will that the Neptune Society cremate him and scatter his ashes in the Pacific Ocean. No funeral or memorial service was held, per his wishes. For his contribution to the film industry, William Holden has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 1651 Vine Street. He also has a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

Tim Hardin

Tim Hardin died of a heroin overdose on December 29, 1980,[8] and his remains were buried in Twin Oaks Cemetery in Turner, Oregon. Hardin's song, "Black Sheep Boy", apparently tells the story about himself returning to his heroin addiction. The song is said to [more]
thematize a visit to his family which caused said relapse after he got offered heroin by a local, after he had been clean for a long time.

Dorothy Stratten

Shortly after noon on August 14, 1980, Dorothy Stratten and Paul Snider, her estranged husband, met at Snider's house, where the two had once lived as a couple, and which Snider was by then sharing with its owner, their mutual friend, Dr. Stephen [more]
Cushner. Stratten had come to talk about an amicable divorce and brought along $1,000 to give to Snider. At approximately 11 p.m., Snider's private investigator called Cushner on his private line, saying that he had been trying to telephone Snider for several hours, but Snider would not answer his phone. Cushner broke into Snider's room and found the bodies of Snider and Stratten, both dead from shotgun blasts from a 12 gauge Mossberg shotgun - both bodies were nude. Police believed that Snider raped and murdered Stratten, abused the corpse, then killed himself with the same shotgun.

Freddie Prinze

Freddie James Prinze, Sr. (born Frederick Karl Pruetzel; was an American actor and stand-up comedian. Prinze was the star of 1970s sitcom Chico and the Man. Prinze married Kathy Elaine (Barber) Cochran in October 1975, with whom he had one son, Freddie Prinze, [more]
Jr. On November 16, 1976, Prinze was arrested for driving under the influence of Quaaludes. A few weeks later his wife filed for divorce on the grounds that his escalating drug dependence was endangering their infant son. Prinze suffered from depression, which deepened in the weeks following his divorce. On the night of January 28, 1977, after talking on the telephone with his estranged wife, Prinze received a visit from his business manager, Marvin "Dusty" Snyder. With his manager looking on, Prinze put a gun to his head and shot himself. He was rushed to the UCLA Medical Center to be placed on life support following emergency surgery. Prinze's family removed him from life support and he died at 1 p.m. on January 29. In 1977, the death was ruled a suicide. In a civil case brought years later, a jury found that his death was accidental. Prinze had a history of playing Russian roulette to frighten his friends for his amusement. However, Prinze had left a note stating that he had decided to take his life.

Jack Cassidy

John Joseph Edward “Jack” Cassidy was an American singer and actor of stage, film, and television. The Tony Award winning actor achieved great success on Broadway. He was nominated for two Emmy Awards for his work in television. He was a frequent guest star on [more]
many televisions shows and starred in a few feature films. In the early morning hours of December 12, Cassidy lit a cigarette and fell asleep on his Naugahyde couch. He then dropped the cigarette, which ignited the couch. A charred body, burned beyond recognition, was found in the doorway of Cassidy's apartment. The body was positively identified as Cassidy's by dental records and by a signet ring that he wore, bearing the Cassidy family crest. His remains were cremated and scattered on the Pacific Ocean.

Sal Mineo

Salvatore "Sal" Mineo, Jr. was an actor best known for his performance as John "Plato" Crawford opposite James Dean in the film Rebel Without a Cause. He was nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his roles in Rebel Without a Cause [more]
and Exodus. Mineo was arriving home after a rehearsal on February 12, 1976, when he was stabbed to death in the alley behind his apartment building in West Hollywood, California. Mineo was stabbed just once, not repeatedly as first reported, but the knife blade struck his heart, leading to immediate and fatal internal bleeding. After a lengthy investigation, Lionel Ray Williams, a pizza deliveryman, was arrested for the crime. In March 1979, he was convicted and sentenced to 57 years in prison for killing Mineo, and for committing 10 robberies in the same area. Although there was considerable confusion as to what witnesses had seen in the darkness on the night Mineo was murdered, it was later revealed that prison guards had overheard Williams admitting to the stabbing.

Pete Duel

Peter Ellstrom "Pete" Deuel, also known as Pete Duel, was an American stage, television and film actor. He is best known for his role as outlaw Hannibal Heyes (alias Joshua Smith) in the television series Alias Smith and Jones. In the early hours of [more]
December 31, 1971, Duel died at his Hollywood Hills home of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Duel's girlfriend, Dianne Ray, was at his home at the time of his death and discovered his body. Ray later told police the two had watched Duel's series Alias Smith and Jones the previous evening. She later went to sleep in another room while Duel stayed up. Sometime after midnight, Duel entered the bedroom, retrieved his revolver and told Ray "I'll see you later." Ray then said she heard a gunshot from another room and discovered Duel's body. According to police, Duel's friends and family said he was depressed about his drinking problem. He had been arrested and pleaded guilty to a DUI accident that injured two people the previous June. Duel's death was later ruled a suicide.

Pier Angeli

According to Kirk Douglas' autobiography, he and Angeli were engaged in the 1950s after meeting on the set of the film The Story of Three Loves (1953).For a short time, Angeli also had a romantic relationship with James Dean; however, she broke off the [more]
relationship and went on to marry singer and actor Vic Damone (1954–1958). Her marriage to Damone ended in divorce, followed by highly publicized court battles for the custody of their one son, Perry Farinola Damone. Her second marriage was to Italian composer Armando Trovaioli (1962–1969), with whom she had another son, Andrew. At the age of 39 Angeli was found dead in her home at 355 S. McCarty Dr. in West Los Angeles, of an accidental barbiturate overdose.

Janis Joplin

Janis Lyn Joplin was an American singer-songwriter who first rose to fame in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the psychedelic-acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company and later as a solo artist. On Sunday, October 4, 1970, producer Paul A. [more]
Rothchild became concerned when Joplin failed to show up at Sunset Sound Recorders for a recording session. Joplin was found dead on the floor beside her bed in her hotel room (#105) at the Landmark Motor Hotel. The official cause of death was an overdose of heroin, possibly compounded by alcohol. Joplin is believed to have accidentally been given heroin that was much more potent than normal, as several of her dealer's other customers also overdosed that week. Joplin was awarded with the 2,510th star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 4, 2013. Her star is located at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard, in front of Musicians Institute.

Diane Linkletter

Diane Linkletter was the daughter and youngest child of popular American media personality Art Linkletter, and his wife Lois Foerster. She was 20 years old when she committed suicide in 1969. At 9 a.m., on October 4, 1969, Linkletter jumped out of a window of [more]
her sixth floor apartment at the Shoreham Towers in West Hollywood, California. She was first taken to Hollywood Receiving Hospital, and then to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center where she died of her injuries sustained in the fall. A toxicology test later determined that Diane Linkletter had no drugs in her system the day she died. Police questioned Edward "Ed" Durston, a friend who was present in Linkletter's apartment the morning of her death. Durston told police that Linkletter had phoned him the night before her death and "was very upset" and asked him to come over. Durston went to Linkletter's apartment at around 3 a.m., and the two stayed up all night talking. He claimed that Linkletter's behavior was "extremely emotional, extremely despondent and very irrational at times, in fact most of the time." Durston said she was also upset over her career and complained that she "could not be her own person." At 9 a.m. the following morning, Linkletter went into her kitchen. Durston told police that when Linkletter did not return, he went to find her. Before he could reach Linkletter, she approached the kitchen window and jumped out. Based on Durston's account and the toxicology reports, police concluded that Linkletter's death was a suicide caused by her despondent mental state.

Sharon Tate

Sharon Marie Tate was an American actress and model. She played in small television roles and several motion pictures. She also appeared in fashion magazines as a model. Tate married director Roman Polanski in 1968 and was two weeks from giving birth when [more]
she was murdered by Charles Manson's followers. Also murdered at the house with Tate were noted hairstylist Jay Sebring, heiress Abigail Folger, screenwriter Wojciech Frykowski, and student Steven Parent. The coroner's report for Tate noted that she had been stabbed sixteen times. In 1994, the owner of the property at 10050 Cielo Drive demolished the original house and built a much larger mansion with a new street address of 10066 Cielo Drive.

Robert F. Kennedy

Kennedy scored a major victory in winning the California primary. He addressed his supporters shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968, in a ballroom at The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Leaving the ballroom, he went through the hotel kitchen [more]
after being told it was a shortcut, despite being advised to avoid the kitchen by his bodyguard, FBI agent Bill Barry. In a crowded kitchen passageway, Sirhan Sirhan, a 24-year-old Palestinian, opened fire with a .22-caliber revolver. Kennedy was hit three times and five other people also were wounded.George Plimpton, former decathlete Rafer Johnson, and former professional football player Rosey Grier are credited with wrestling Sirhan Sirhan to the ground after Sirhan shot the Senator. Following the shooting, Kennedy was first rushed to Los Angeles's Central Receiving Hospital and then to the city's Good Samaritan Hospital where he died early the next morning. Sirhan said that he felt betrayed by Kennedy's support for Israel in the June 1967 Six-Day War, which had begun exactly one year before the assassination.

Albert Dekker

Albert Dekker was a character actor and politician best known for his roles in Dr. Cyclops, The Killers, Kiss Me Deadly, and The Wild Bunch. On May 5, 1968, Dekker was found dead in his Hollywood home by his fiancée, Geraldine Saunders. He was naked, kneeling [more]
in the bathtub, with a noose tightly wrapped around his neck and looped around the shower curtain rod. He was blindfolded, his wrists were handcuffed, there was a ball gag in his mouth, and two hypodermic needles were inserted in one arm. His body was covered in explicit words and drawings in red lipstick. Money and camera equipment were found missing, but there was no sign of forced entry. Though speculation ran rampant, the coroner found no evidence of foul play, and ruled his death accidental due to autoerotic asphyxiation. Dekker has a star, in the motion picture category, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6620 Hollywood Boulevard.

Nick Adams

Nick Adams was noted for his roles in several Hollywood films during the 1950s and 1960s along with his starring role in the ABC television series The Rebel (1959). On the night of February 7, 1968 his lawyer and friend, ex-LAPD officer Erwin Roeder, drove to [more]
the actor's house to check on him after a missed dinner appointment. Seeing a light on and his car in the garage, Roeder broke through a window and discovered Adams in his upstairs bedroom, slumped dead against a wall. Speculation initially focused on a recent career setback. Adams had flown to Rome at his own expense to co-star in a science fiction/horror movie. When he got there, he found the project had been dropped. Susan Strasberg, who had worked with him 13 years earlier on the hit film Picnic, encountered a thoroughly demoralized Adams in a Rome bar. During the autopsy, Dr. Thomas Noguchi found enough paraldehyde, sedatives and other drugs in the body "to cause instant unconsciousness." The death certificate lists "paraldehyde and promazine intoxication" as the immediate cause of death along with the notation accident; suicide; undetermined. During the 1960s drug interaction warnings were not so prominent as they later would be and the American Medical Association has subsequently warned these two types of drugs should never be taken together.

Lenny Bruce

On August 3, 1966, a bearded Bruce was found dead in the bathroom of his Hollywood Hills home at 8825 W. Hollywood Blvd. The official photo, taken at the scene, showed Bruce lying naked on the floor, a syringe and burned bottle cap nearby, along with various [more]
other narcotics paraphernalia. According to legend, a policeman at the scene said, "There is nothing sadder than an aging hipster", which itself was possibly one of Bruce's lines. Record producer Phil Spector, a friend of Bruce's, bought the negatives of the photographs to keep them from the press. The official cause of death was "acute morphine poisoning caused by an accidental overdose."

Carolyn Mitchell

Carolyn Mitchell was born Barbara Ann Thomason on January 25, 1937 in Phoenix, Arizona. Her family moved to Inglewood, California in 1951. While attending Inglewood's Morningside High School, she began entering beauty pageants, and in October 1953, her dreams [more]
came true when she was crowned "Miss Venus." In 1954, she began attending the Hollywood Professional School, where she started using weights to tone her figure to better compete in beauty pageants. In 1954, she was crowned "Queen of the Championships of Southern California." Later that year, she won the "Miss Muscle Beach" and "Miss Surf Festival" titles. In 1955, she had the honor of being named "Miss Huntington Beach," followed by the "Miss Van Ness," "Miss Bay Beach," "Miss Southwest Los Angeles," "Miss Pacific Coast," and "Queen of Southern California" titles. Mitchell appeared in two films, "The Cry Baby Killer" and "Dragstrip Riot" and also, the television series "Crossroads". Early in 1958, Mitchell was introduced to Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney at a nightclub whom she later wed after he left his fourth wife. In 1965, Mitchell began an affair with Yugoslavian actor Milos Milosevics. Milosevics became jealous when he realized she was considering returning to Mickey.The two were found dead in Rooney's Brentwood house in 1966. She was lying on her back, shot through the jaw, Milosevics beside her, face down, a bullet hole in his temple. Milosevic had shot Barbara with Mickey's chrome-plated .38 caliber revolver, then turned the weapon on himself. The official inquiry found that Milos had shot Thomason with Rooney's chrome-plated .38 caliber revolver and then committed suicide.

Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Jean Dandridge was an African-American film and theatre actress, singer and dancer. She is perhaps best known for being the first black actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1954 film Carmen Jones. [more]
Dandridge performed as a vocalist in venues such as the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theater. Dandridge was found dead by her manager, Earl Mills. Two months later, a Los Angeles pathology institute determined the cause to be an accidental overdose of Imipramine, a tricyclic antidepressant. The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office came to a different conclusion: “Miss Dandridge died of a rare embolism—blockage of the blood passages at the lungs and brain by tiny pieces of fat flaking off from bone marrow in a fractured right foot she sustained in a Hollywood film five days before she died.” She was 42 years old.

Sam Cooke

Samuel "Sam" Cooke was an American recording artist and singer-songwriter, generally considered among the greatest of all time. Influential as both a singer and composer, he is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within [more]
popular music. His pioneering contributions to soul music led to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Billy Preston and popularized the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown.] Cooke died at the age of 33 on December 11, 1964, at the Hacienda Motel. Answering separate reports of a shooting and of a kidnapping at the motel, police found Cooke's body, clad only in a sports jacket and shoes but no shirt, pants or underwear. He had sustained a gunshot wound to the chest, which was later determined to have pierced his heart. The motel's manager, Bertha Franklin, said she had shot Cooke in self-defense after he broke into her office residence and attacked her. Her account was immediately questioned and disputed by friends and acquaintances. Cooke was struck once in the torso and, according to Franklin, he exclaimed, "Lady, you shot me", before mounting a last charge at her. She said she beat him over his head with a broomstick before he finally fell, mortally wounded by the gunshot.

Clara Blandick

Clara Blandick was a stage and screen actress, best known for her role as Aunt Em, the wife of Uncle Henry, in MGM's The Wizard of Oz. Throughout the 1950s, Blandick's health steadily began to fail. She started going blind and began suffering from severe [more]
arthritis. On April 15, 1962, she returned home from Palm Sunday services at her church. Her residence was 1735 North Wilcox Avenue, Los Angeles, California. She began rearranging her room, placing her favorite photos and memorabilia in prominent places. She laid out her resume and a collection of press clippings from her lengthy career. She dressed immaculately, in an elegant royal blue dressing gown. Then, with her hair properly styled, she took an overdose of sleeping pills. She lay down on a couch, covered herself with a gold blanket over her shoulders, and tied a plastic bag over her head. Blandick left the following note: “I am now about to make the great adventure. I cannot endure this agonizing pain any longer. It is all over my body. Neither can I face the impending blindness. I pray the Lord my soul to take. Amen.” Her landlady, Helen Mason, found her body Sunday morning.

George Reeves

George Reeves, TV's "Superman," was found dead of a gunshot wound on June 16, 1959. His relatives believed he was murdered, and disputed the official ruling of suicide. At his funeral, he was laid to rest in the same suit that he wore on the TV show as "Clark [more]
Kent."

Carl Switzer

Carl Dean Switzer was an American actor, who began his career appearing in the Our Gang short subjects series as Alfalfa, one of the series' most popular and best-remembered characters. After leaving the series in 1940, Switzer struggled to find substantial [more]
roles due to typecasting. As an adult, he appeared mainly in bit parts and B-movies. He later became a dog breeder and hunting guide. Switzer had agreed to train a hunting dog for Moses Samuel Stiltz. The dog was lost, having run after a bear, and Switzer offered a $50 reward for its return. A few days later, a man found the dog and brought it to the Studio City bar where Switzer then worked. Switzer paid the man $35 and bought him $15 worth of drinks. Several days later, Switzer and his friend Jack Piott, a 37-year-old unit still photographer, decided that Moses Stiltz should repay Switzer the reward money for the dog. Shortly before 7:00 that evening, January 21, 1959, Switzer and Piott went to Rita Corrigan's home in Mission Hills, where Stiltz was staying, to collect the money they felt he owed Switzer. Stiltz later testified before the coroner's jury that Switzer had banged on the front door, saying, "Let me in, or I'll kick in the door." Once inside, he and Stiltz began to argue. Switzer said, "I want that 50 bucks you owe me now, and I mean now." When Stiltz refused to give it to him, the men began to fight. Switzer allegedly struck Stiltz with a glass-domed clock, which caused him to bleed from his left eye. Stiltz retreated to his bedroom and returned with a .38-caliber revolver. Switzer grabbed the gun, resulting in a shot being fired that struck the ceiling. Switzer forced Stiltz into a closet, although Stiltz had regained his revolver. Switzer allegedly pulled a switchblade knife and screamed, "I'm going to kill you!" Fearing Switzer was about to attack, Stiltz shot him in the groin. Switzer suffered massive internal bleeding and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

Johnny Stompanato

John "Johnny" Stompanato, also known as "Handsome Harry", "Johnny Stomp", "John Steele", and "Oscar", was a former United States Marine who became a bodyguard and enforcer for gangster Mickey Cohen. In 1958, after an abusive relationship with actress Lana [more]
Turner, he was stabbed to death by Turner's daughter, Cheryl Crane. On April 4, 1958, Stompanato was stabbed to death at Turner's Beverly Hills, California home. Turner's teenage daughter Cheryl Crane claimed Stompanato had been attacking her mother and that she had stabbed Stompanato defending her mother. The courts agreed, ruling the death to be justifiable homicide.

Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey DeForest Bogart was an American screen actor who, with performances in films during the 1940s such as The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, and The Big Sleep, became widely regarded as a cultural icon. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Bogart as [more]
the greatest male star in the history of American cinema. Bogart, a heavy smoker and drinker, developed cancer of the esophagus. He almost never spoke of his failing health and refused to see a doctor until January 1956. A diagnosis was made several weeks later and by then removal of his esophagus, two lymph nodes, and a rib on March 1, 1956, was too late to halt the disease, even with chemotherapy.He underwent corrective surgery in November 1956 after the cancer had spread. A few months later he fell into a coma and died.

Carole Landis

Landis was reportedly crushed when Rex Harrison refused to divorce his wife for her; unable to cope any longer, she committed suicide in her Pacific Palisades home at 1465 Capri Drive by taking an overdose of Seconal. She had spent her final night alive with [more]
Harrison. The next afternoon, Harrison and the maid discovered her on the bathroom floor. Harrison waited several hours before he called a doctor and the police. According to some sources, Landis left two suicide notes, one for her mother and the second for Harrison who instructed his lawyers to destroy it. During a coroner's inquest, Harrison denied knowing any motive for her suicide and told the coroner he did not know of the existence of a second suicide note. Landis' official web site, which is owned by her family, has questioned the events of Landis' death and the coroner's ruling of suicide.

Benjamin (Bugsy) Siegel

On the night of June 20, 1947, as Siegel sat with his associate Allen Smiley in Virginia Hill's Beverly Hills home reading the Los Angeles Times, an assailant fired at him through the window with a .30-caliber military M1 carbine, hitting him many times, [more]
including twice in the head. No one was charged with the murder, and the crime remains officially unsolved.The death scene and postmortem photographs show that one shot penetrated his right cheek and exited through the left side of his neck; the other struck the right bridge of his nose where it met the right eye socket. The pressure created by the bullet passing through Siegel's skull blew his left eye out of its socket. A Los Angeles' Coroner's Report (#37448) states the cause of death as cerebral hemorrhage.

Lupe Velez

María Guadalupe Villalobos Vélez, known professionally as Lupe Vélez, was a Mexican film actress before moving to the U.S. She worked with film directors like D.W. Griffith, Cecil B. DeMille, Victor Fleming and William Wyler among others. With the arrival of [more]
talkies, Vélez's career took a turn towards comedy. Her characterization of the temperamental, explosive, rebellious and irreverent Latina woman gave her enormous popularity. Vélez's personal life was often difficult; a five-year marriage to Johnny Weissmuller and a series of romances with figures like Gary Cooper, were highly publicized. The last day of her life, she breakfasted with Bruce Cabot and Errol Flynn, and dined with her two best friends, Estelle Taylor and Benita Oakie, on Mexican food, drank brandy, smoked and spent a good evening. She retired to bed after taking an overdose of sleeping pills; specifically, she swallowed 80 Seconal pills. According to newspaper accounts at the time, her body was found by her secretary and companion of ten years, Beulah Kinder, on her bed surrounded by flowers, as she had wished. In a Huffington Post report on May 24, 2013, however, the first ever photo of the scene of Lupe's death was published, showing how she was found by police: on the floor, not on her bed.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald suffered two heart attacks in the late 1930s. After the first, in Schwab's Drug Store, he was ordered by his doctor to avoid strenuous exertion. He moved in with Sheilah Graham, who lived in Hollywood on North Hayworth Avenue, one block east of [more]
Fitzgerald's apartment on North Laurel Avenue. Fitzgerald had two flights of stairs to climb to his apartment; Graham's was on the ground floor. On the night of December 20, 1940, Fitzgerald and Sheilah Graham attended the premiere of This Thing Called Love starring Rosalind Russell and Melvyn Douglas. As the two were leaving the Pantages Theater, Fitzgerald experienced a dizzy spell and had trouble leaving the theater; upset, he said to Graham, "They think I am drunk, don't they?" The following day, as Fitzgerald ate a candy bar and made notes in his newly arrived Princeton Alumni Weekly, Graham saw him jump from his armchair, grab the mantelpiece, gasp, and fall to the floor. She ran to the manager of the building, Harry Culver, founder of Culver City. Upon entering the apartment to assist Fitzgerald, he stated, "I'm afraid he's dead." Fitzgerald had died of a heart attack.

Karl Dane

Karl Dane was a Danish-American comedian and actor known for his work in American films, mainly of the silent film era. He worked alongside Rudolph Valentino, John Gilbert, and King Vidor. In 1926, he teamed up with George K. Arthur to form the successful [more]
comedy duo Dane & Arthur. At the peak of his career, he was making $1500 a week. In the 1930s, Dane was forced to quit his film career due to a nervous breakdown and trouble with his heavy accent. Unable to find work in the film industry, he eventually killed himself in 1934. His career decline and death have been cited as an extreme example of the fate that befell many silent film stars who were unable to make the transition to sound films. On April 13, Dane was pickpocketed of all the money he had: $18. On 14 April, he was to meet with a young woman named Frances Leake, with whom he planned to see a movie. However, he never showed and Leake became worried. She immediately arrived at his apartment and with the assistance of the landlady, they were able to open the door. There they found Dane, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, in his chair with a gun at his feet. Leake fainted at the scene. When she was revived, Leake found Dane's suicide note on a nearby table, next to a scrapbook filled with memorabilia, including photos, reviews and contracts, from his acting career. The note read, "To Frances and all my friends-goodbye."

Peg Entwistle

Millicent Lilian "Peg" Entwistle was a Welsh-born English stage and screen actress. Entwistle began her stage career in 1925, appearing in several Broadway productions. She appeared in only one film, Thirteen Women, which was released after her death. [more]
Entwistle gained notoriety after she jumped to her death from the "H" on the Hollywoodland sign (now the Hollywood sign) in September 1932 after climbing a workman's ladder. She left a suicide note.