Seeing Stars in Hollywood
A list Hollywood locations of famous celebrity deaths,
crimes, murders, accidents & suicides.
948 N Cahuenga Blvd, In Hollywood:
It was here, on October 24, 2022, that actor Leslie Jordan died while driving.
He had a recurring role as "Beverley Leslie", Karen's nemesis / frenemy, on the sitcom "Will and Grace".
More recently, he was a regular on Mayim Bialik's new sitcom, "Call Me Kat".
BMW ended up against an office building, but the car wasn't badly
smashed up, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, He died of a heart attack while at the wheel and then his
unmanned car drifted into the building.
The accident happened just a block north of Red Studios, which is where he had recently taped episodes of "The Masked Singer".
Here is a Google StreetView of the accident location.
1766 Walgrove Ave, in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA : .
Just after noon on August 5, 2022, actress Anne Heche was involved in a fatal crash that saw her car smash into a residential home and setting both the car and the house on fire.
to witnesses and surveillance camera videos, she was driving a blue
Mini-Cooper through the neighborhood at high speeds. She first crashed
into the garage of an apartment complex, before backing up and leaving the scene
of that accident, only to then crash a short time later into the modest, 2-bedroom, single-family home at 1766 Wallgrove.
crash set the house on fire, causing extensive damage. She was pulled
from the wreckage and taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, and
eventually moved to the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital
reports were encouraging, but days later, it was reported that she had
experienced a major brain injury, was in critical condition on a
ventilator, and was not expected to survive.
On August 12, 2022, the L.A. Times reported that she had been declared brain-dead and had been removed from life support.
Anne Heche starred in 1997's “Donnie Brasco” alongside Al Pacino and Johnny Depp,and starred opposite Harrison Ford in 1998's "Six Days Seven Nights".
was also involved in a highly-publicized relationship with Ellen
DeGeneres, just after Ellen had first come out as gay in 1997, which
lasted until 2000. Ms. Heche claimed that as a result, she had been
fired and "did not work in a studio picture for 10 years".
Vista is a primarily residential neighborhood located between Culver
City on the east and Venice/Santa Monica on the west and north
Here is a Google StreetView of the area.
Lake Piru, 4780 Piru Canyon Road, Piru, CA (in the Los Padres National Forest, in Ventura County) :
It was here, on July 8, 2020, while the world was still reeling from the coronavirus
crisis, that actress Naya Rivera took a rental boat out on the calm lake, and never came back.
Surveillance video showed
she and her 4-year-old son, Josey, boarding the rented pontoon boat alone around 1 p.m., and heading out onto the lake.
When she didn't return on time, the boat rental vendor went
the missing boat and found it in the north part of the lake. The
4-year-old was sleeping on the boat. His mother was nowhere to
seen. The boy told police that he and his mother had
gone for a swim in the lake, and that he had gotten back into the boat
(he was wearing a life jacket), but his mother had not.
The missing woman was soon identified as Naya Rivera,
the 33-year-old actress who starred as 'Santana' in the hit musical TV
show "Glee", from 2009 to 2015 (when she was in her 20s).
After authorities were notified, a search of the lake was begun.
search proved difficult, since the lake waters were murky, and it took
five long days of searching (using divers, dogs, boats, sonar,
underwater remote-controlled devices, and helicopters) before they found
that the body has resurfaced at the mouth of the lake's Devil Canyon
– which I have marked on this map
– slightly less than a mile northeast of the landing where she had rented the boat.
July 14, the coroner officially identified the body as that of Naya
Rivera. He said that the autopsy indicated no foul play or suicide, but
rather that the death was caused by accidental drowning.
Piru is located in a rather remote area in the mountains north of Los
Angeles, about 65 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, and 14 miles
west of Magic Mountain. It's not a spot where you would expect to run
into a Hollywood actress. But she lived fairly close by, in Valencia, so.perhaps
Naya was just seeking a break from the COVID-19 lock-down
and wanted to spend some time alone with her young son in the fresh air
on the remote, uncrowded lake.
But all bodies of water are potentially dangerous, In the past, there had been several drownings at Lake Piru.
She wasn't wearing a life jacket when she went in the water, and she
didn't have another adult on the boat with her to come to her aid if
something went wrong.
itself is a small, rural, old-fashioned town that I discovered only
after they filmed a number of movie and TV shows there -- including the little white church from "True Blood", a bridge in the movie "Burlesque", and a Nebraska motel in "Dexter". ).
Naya played 'Santana Lopez' on "Glee", a role which grew over the years from just the stereotypical "mean girl" cheerleader (and
rival for the affections of football player 'Finn') into a more
likable, more complex character who eventually discovered that she was a
lesbian and ended up marrying the nice-but-ditzy blonde cheerleader
is the third tragic death of a young actor who played a major character on
"Glee". The first to go was the show's leading man, Cory Monteith
('Finn'), who died of an accidental overdose in 2013. Then, in
2018, Mark Salling ('Puck') hanged himself in the
woods. And now, in 2020, it is Naya Rivera ('Santana'). People are already taking about a "Glee curse"...
Here is a Google aerial photo of the lake Piru area.
The 700 block of Venice Blvd (near Pisani Place), in Venice, CA : actor and TV personality Orson Bean, who appeared as a witty guest on the Tonight Show
more than 200 times, and who had multiple roles on TV shows, perhaps
the most memorable being his role as shopkeeper 'Loren Bray' in Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman. Or as the happy eccentric 'Mr. Beavis', in the 1960 Twilight Zone episode of that same name.
the evening of February 7, 2020, Orson Bean, age 91, was trying to cross
the busy Venice Blvd after dark. Mr. Bean lived nearby in a home on
the Venice canals, and was going to visit his wife (Ally Mills, who
played the mother in the TV sitcom "The Wonder Years") at the Pacific
Resident Theatre, a local playhouse where Orson was involved.
Alas, he never made it. As he attempted to jaywalk across the street to the theater, he was clipped by a
passing car when the driver didn't see him. He was then struck and
killed by a second car. Both drivers stopped, and it appears to
have been just a tragic accident.
Here is a Google StreetView of the area.
In the hills east of Las Virgenes Road & Willow Glen Street, in Calabasas, CA: It was here that a helicopter crash took the life of Kobe Bryant, basketball superstar for the Los Angeles Lakers.
the morning of January 26, 2020, Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter,
and others, boarded a helicopter to travel about 60 miles northwest to
Thousand Oaks. But there was heavy fog that morning, and the
helicopter ended up smashing into the side of a mountain in Calabasas
(about 7 miles inland from Malibu, CA). Everyone on board was
( Although there are no streets
in the mountains where the helicopter crashed, Kobe's death certificate
listed the nearest street address as 4232 Las Virgenes Road. )
Here is a Google aerial photo of the hills where the copter crashed.
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