Famed actor and comic John Belushi died in 1982 from a drug overdose of a mix of cocaine and morphine, according to a 1985 Los Angeles Times article.
The then 33-year-old was discovered unresponsive at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California, with a deadly combine of medication in his system, the Los Angeles Times reported, which LA County coroner Dr. Ronald Kornblum later stated might have been inhaled or eaten in addition to injected. As Kornblum identified, morphine is a byproduct of heroin.
For years, Belushi struggled with drug use; this was documented in Bob Woodward’s biography,Wired, which was printed shortly after his demise.
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Belushi Died at the Chateau Marmont In Los Angeles on March 5, 1982
In an excerpt from “The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont”, creator Shawn Levy wrote that when Belushi arrived at Chateau Marmont on the afternoon of March 4, 1982, he was, “a time bomb, a waste website, a multitude. Sweaty, flabby, edgy, pale, matted, worn to a stump at 33.”
The ebook described the famed SNL cast member as incoherent, confused, and “off” in the days main as much as his demise. He had been staying at the Chateau Marmont, engaged on a script, for roughly a month, and spent the week earlier than his passing “in and round the Sunset Strip, hopscotching from one celebration scene to the subsequent, be it the Roxy nightclub, Rainbow Bar and Grill and the restaurant Dan Tana’s on Santa Monica Boulevard, to call a number of,” wrote Biography.com.
When Robin Williams, who all the time deliberate on stopping by Belushi’s bungalow after his evening out, ultimately made his approach to Chateau Marmont, each Belushi and Cathy Smith (a girl who Biography.com described an “addict and generally seller who had been procuring medication for and administering photographs to [Belushi]”) had been inebriated. In his excerpt, Levy wrote that Williams rapidly left, feeling “creeped out by the scene” at the bungalow.
Later on, actor Robert De Niro stopped by. De Niro had visited Belushi earlier in the night of March 4, inviting him to hitch he and actor Harry Dean Stanton at Dan Tana’s with no success. When they returned to Belushi’s room, it was in a state of disarray. He stayed briefly, like Williams earlier than him, earlier than leaving someday after 3 a.m. As Levy wrote, “Belushi and Smith reportedly continued injecting cocaine blended with heroin.”
The following morning, Smith signed for breakfast. She reportedly cleaned the room and checked in on Belushi, who was “loud night breathing loudly in mattress”, earlier than leaving.
At round midday, Bill Wallace, Belushi’s private coach, stopped by his resort room to seek out the actor unresponsive. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him to no avail.
Cathy Smith Later Admitted To Administering the Fatal Drugs
Two months after Belushi’s demise, Smith admitted in an interview with The National Enquirer that she injected Belushi with the deadly mixture of heroin and cocaine.
Smith’s claims led to her arrest, and she or he was charged with first-degree homicide. She pled responsible to involuntary manslaughter and spent 15 months in jail at the California Institute for Women.
After her launch, according to The Independent, Smith was deported to Canada. There, she is reported to have labored as a authorized secretary.
Smith died on August 16, 2020, in British Columbia, at the age of 73.
‘There Were Enough Drugs in His Body To Kill Even a Healthy Man
According to Biography.com, a pathologist later stated that Belushi had “sufficient medication in his physique to kill even a wholesome man, which Belushi was not.”
The autopsy cited a quantity of illnesses, comparable to pulmonary congestion with distended lungs, a swollen mind, an enlarged liver, and weight problems.
In 2015, Belushi was named by Rolling Stone as “the best of all SNL” comedians.
The outlet wrote of Belushi, “We ought to have gotten much more years with him than we did. But no.”