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John Belushi
January 24, 1949 - March 5, 1982


 

John Belushi, was an All-American actor who was noted for his outrageous comedy performances on Saturday Night Live, and starred in the some of the greatest comedy flicks, such as National Lampoon's Animal House and The Blues Brothers. He is the brother of another prominent actor, Jim Belushi.

John started his career in 1971 as a comedian and joined the Saturday Night Live crew in 1975. In 1979, he starred in the # 1 movie in the United States, National Lampoon's Animal House.

On March 5, 1982, John had succumb to an untimely death after overdosing on a speedball, which is an injection of a combination of cocaine and heroin. His body was found in Bungalow # 3 at the Chateau Marmont Hotel and Bungalows, which is located at 8221 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. His death was investigated by forensic pathologist, Dr. Ryan Norris, and although the findings of his report were disputed, the official cause of death was ruled a drug-related accident.

Although John was visited and in the presence of several individuals, one individual, Cathy Smith, was eventually charged with his death. Smith was a former backup singer, drug dealer, and groupie of the The Band, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter after she provided details to the National Enquirer that she was the person who injected John Belushi with the fatal speedball overdose on the evening of March 5, 1982.

The official cause of his death was listed as Acute Cocaine and Heroin Intoxication.

 

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