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Autopsy: The Last Hours Of… is a series that reveals the truth behind the controversial deaths of global icons and people whose untimely deaths were surrounded by scandal and intense media attention. Fact and fiction are forever separated through reconstructions of their final hours using crucial me…

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    The Last Hours of...Roger Moore

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2023 48:59


    Sir Roger Moore died of liver cancer in 2017 at the age of 89. The famously modest and unassuming British actor had been many people's favourite James Bond. Where Sean Connery had played 007 straight, Roger had played him for laughs. He'd identified the joke at the heart of the role – James Bond, the secret agent so familiar that everybody knows his favourite drink. For Roger Moore, Bond was a parody or he was nothing. But Roger's swashbuckling, devil-may-care Bond had belied a life of serious health problems. He was not as robust as the movie image of indestructibility suggested. Roger's life story read like a medical textbook with major ailments at every turn. It had started with near terminal double-pneumonia at the age of five – the doctor had told his father he'd be back in the morning with a death certificate. The son of a south London policeman, Roger had been forced to reinvent himself at RADA - the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art – after being told that his cockney accent wouldn't do. This, coupled with his father's advice to remember that success might be short lived fostered in him a sense of life's precariousness. His international standard hypochondria and almost pathological self-deprecation were the consequence. His critics described his acting as wooden and shallow and deep down, he probably agreed with them. But as his friend, Sir Michael Caine says, making it look easy is the hardest thing. Sir Roger had made friends wherever he had gone, and long before the end of his life had been elevated to the status of National Treasure without ever quite understanding how. World-renowned forensic pathologist Dr Michael Hunter analyses the details of this fascinating case to unearth the truth behind Sir Roger Moore's death. He had suffered years of ill health and fought three different types of cancer but had somehow made it to the age of 89. Maybe there had been more 007 in Sir Roger Moore than he had let on.

    The Last Hours of...Dean Martin

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2023


    On Christmas Day 1995, Dean Martin, nicknamed the “King of Cool”, died at the age of 78, leaving behind a five decade legacy in music, movies, and television. Dean Martin started life in the limelight as a crooner in local bars and clubs, but quickly shot to international stardom as a singer, releasing over 30 albums, and even knocking The Beatles off the top spot in the charts with his hit rendition of “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometimes.” He started his acting character as one half of the comedy duo, “Martin and Lewis” with Jerry Lewis, but after 10 years he cut ties and decided to go it alone. He subsequently starred in more than 40 movies, from Westerns with John Wayne to Oceans 11 with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Junior, with whom he would join forces in movies, on stage and television. The press dubbed them “The Rat Pack”. Dean went on to host his very own TV show, “The Dean Martin Show”, which earned him a Golden Globe award for Best Male Television Star. But 50 years in the limelight took its toll on this popular entertainer. He chain smoked his whole life and was a drinking man, even using alcohol as a prop for a convincing “drunky” stage persona. However, one tragic moment in 1987 would see Dean Martin's life unravel. During the last 8 years of his life his alcohol intake spiralled out of control and he became dependent on opioid painkillers. He died at the age 78 of respiratory arrest. As a lifelong smoker he developed Emphysema and later, lung cancer. However, world renowned forensic pathologist, Dr Michael Hunter doesn't think this is the whole story. He needs to delve deep into Dean Martin's records to discover whether there was, in fact, something else going on in Dean's body that contributed to his eventual demise.

    The Last Hours of...Frank Sinatra

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023


    On May 14th 1998 the world was saddened by news that the singer and actor Frank Sinatra had died. Arguably the most popular entertainer of the 20th century, he had been at the forefront of the american consciousness for 60 years by the time of his death from heart attack. He overcame birth trauma and a chaotic and lonely childhood to win the hearts of people around the world with his emotional delivery of songs, and his charismatic performances on screen. A heart-throb, Frank was the embodiment of sex appeal, but that didn't mean he escaped the traumas of love. His second marriage to Ava Gardner ended following infidelity, and several suicide attempts by Frank. At around this time in his life he started drinking Jack Daniels, a habit which would result in a decades long alcohol dependency. He also smoked and had a famously short temper. When he died at age 82 of a heart attack, the causes of his heart failure appeared transparent. But Dr Michael Hunter believes that Frank's fate was far from inevitable, and that there was an event in Frank's life which could have caused him to turn his life around.

    The Last Hours Of...June Carter Cash

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2023 48:56


    On May 15th 2003, June Carter Cash died in a Nashville hospital following complications from heart surgery. A devoted wife and mother, June's life in the limelight was not without its troubles. Despite her enormous success as a country music artist, it was her tumultuous 35 year marriage to country superstar Johnny Cash that dominated her life. In this episode, renowned forensic pathologist Dr Michael Hunter analyses June's records and first hand accounts to determine exactly how she died.

    The Last Hours of...Randy "Macho Man" Savage

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2022 48:52


    In the supersized world of pro-wrestling, Randy “Macho Man” Savage was one of the most muscular, the most daring and most intensely competitive in and out of the ring. Famed for his aggressive demeanour, his colourful outfits and incredible stunts, he was regarded as one of the greatest pro-wrestling showmen to have ever lived. To his fans, he appeared incredibly fit and in-dominatable. But in 2011, following a terrifying loss of consciousness at the wheel of his Jeep forcing the vehicle into oncoming traffic and into a tree, they were shocked to learn that it was a massive heart attack that ended his life at the age of just 58. So did Randy's athleticism and physical prowess come at a price ? With the help of medical reports and first hand testimony from those who knew him well, world renowned Forensic Pathologist, Dr.Michael Hunter explores Randy's life story and 30 years in the pro-wrestling spotlight to uncover a shocking medical history in which Randy piled pressure after pressure on his increasingly battle-weary heart.

    The Last Hours of...Aretha Franklin

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2022


    At 09:50am on August 16, 2018 Aretha Franklin tragically died, aged 76. Aretha will endure as one of the world's greatest ever vocalists, who entertained us for over 50 years with her unique brand of gospel, soul and pop music. Her genius reached into many diverse genres of music, and she wrote and produced some of the most enduring classics of modern times, setting the bar for modern vocalists. Renowned for her generosity, Aretha stood for civil rights worldwide, and gave voice to the struggles of millions of people. A fiercely private woman, Aretha overcame her own childhood trauma and had to face tragedy and heartbreak throughout her life as she battled with booze, cigarettes and her diet. Aretha was always a fighter, and she bravely resisted the rare but treatable cancer that finally took her life. So how did she come to have this fatal disease? Dr Michael Hunter, world renowned medical examiner, will investigate and analyse all the available evidence.

    The Last Hours Of...Sonny Bono

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2022 48:28


    On January 5, 1998, Congressman Sonny Bono died, after crashing head-first into a tree on a family skiing vacation. Born in Detroit to Italian parents, Sonny was the visionary behind the iconic pop duo & Tv stars, Sonny & Cher. After an acrimonious split from Cher, Sonny, a born risk-taker, never looked back. He went from bit-part actor, to restaurateur, to Mayor of Palm Springs and eventually a highly-regarded Republican Congressman. There were no witnesses to Sonny's fatal accident, so in this episode, world-renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter uses Death Investigation reports alongside first-hand accounts of Sonny's life to discover what may have caused the 62-year-old expert skier to lose control and crash.

    The Last Hours Of...Bob Crane

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2022


    On the afternoon of June 29th, 1978, Hogan's Heroes star Bob Crane's body was discovered bludgeoned to death. He was just two weeks away from his 50th birthday. The nation was stunned. Bob Crane's autopsy report stated he died from a blunt force impact to the left temporal scalp that caused massive bleeding and brain injury. There was also a ligature tied around his neck used to strangle him. His murderer has never been found. Forensic Pathologist Dr Michael Hunter reopens one of Hollywood's most famous cold cases, examining over 700 pages of original police reports together with crime scene photographs and video to try and work out who would have wanted Bob dead. Some believe his brutal divorce battle had something to do with it, others that the mob had got to him, but everyone agreed Bob's addiction to sex and filming his own sex tapes had something to do with it. Police found his apartment crammed full of cameras, lights and editing equipment and quickly assumed that one of his tripods was the murder weapon as it was missing from the scene. Their attention quickly turned to John Carpenter, a home video salesman, who had introduced Bob to the new technology and who featured in several of Bob's sex tapes. He had fled the scene on the morning of the murder, and when the police found blood in John's rental car, and then tested it and found it belonged to the same rare blood group as Bob's, they believed they had their man. But it would take another 16 years to bring him to trial, when prosecutors believed that new techniques in DNA testing would prove the blood was Bob's. Carpenter protested his innocence throughout. Why would he kill his best friend? But if it wasn't Carpenter who was it? A jealous boyfriend or husband? A spurned lover? Could advancements in DNA testing today provide answers?

    The Last Hours of...Dale Earnhardt

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 49:00


    On February 18th 2001, Dale Earnhardt Sr, one of the greatest drivers in Nascar history and an icon of the sport, was tragically killed on the last lap of the Daytona 500. Across a glittering 27 year career Dale won a record equalling 7 world championships with 76 Nascar Cup Series races wins along the way including the sports biggest prize, the Daytona 500 in 1998. His mix of salt-of-the-earth southern charm off the track and aggressive racing style on it, won him millions of adoring fans. But in 2001, with little left to achieve in the sport and aged 49, rumours spread that he was looking to the next chapter in his career. He now had his own team, Dale Earnhardt inc, with his son Dale Jr. lining up on the track beside him. But before the next chapter in the Dale Earnhardt story could be written, disaster struck. With just two turns of the race remaining, his car was involved in a collision with two others, forcing him head on into the retaining wall travelling at almost 160 mph. So what really happened that day? Did years of prioritising winning over safety cause Dale to take one too many risks? Was his aging body carrying an injury or condition that day that had diminished his ability to drive? Was a mysterious threat, buried deep in his past, still hanging over him? Or was Dale's mind elsewhere, as he drove not to win, but to secure his legacy? In this episode of ‘Autopsy: The last hours of', using medical records, crash investigation reports and first hand testimony of people involved in the tragic events, world renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter investigates.

    The Last Hours of...Anthony Bourdain

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 48:33


    On June 8th 2018, the world was stunned by the news that award-winning writer and TV presenter, Anthony Bourdain had taken his own life. He was the punk rock chef who found fame as the hip new face of food and travel television. After 25 years of toiling in the restaurant business, living pay check-to-pay check and battling drug addictions, Anthony's sudden success came in his early 40s, when his memoir ‘Kitchen Confidential' lifted the lid on the hidden world of New York restaurant kitchens. The book was a best-seller and Anthony's mix of streetwise cool, no-nonsense smarts and restless creativity made him a perfect fit for television. A new life outside the kitchen beckoned, and Anthony spent the best part of 20 years filming his global travels, seeking out food, culture and conversation. His hit shows included No Reservations, The Layover and Parts Unknown – the winner of seven Emmy Awards – and his career was at on all-time high. But suddenly, at the age of 61, he hung himself in his hotel room, while filming in France. So what happened? World renowned forensic pathologist, Dr. Michael Hunter needs to analyse every detail in the limited available information to piece together what exactly caused the well-loved TV host to take his own life.

    The Last Hours of...Florence Henderson

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 48:27


    Best known as Carol Brady of the Brady Bunch, the world mourned the passing of Florence Henderson in November of 2016. Florence was an incredibly talented stage and screen actress with a career that lasted over 60 years. Her success was driven from overcoming a childhood of extreme poverty that kept her driven to work hard until the very end. Was her determination and never exhausting work ethic lead to her sudden death? Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours of…Alan Thicke

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 48:29


    Alan Thicke left Canada for Hollywood at age 23, but really hit his stride as America's Favorite Dad after 7 years on the successful family sitcom “Growing Pains.” Thicke's passion for ice hockey kept him active and fit, yet he died at just 69 of a ruptured aorta. So why did someone in such great shape succumb to this very rare condition? Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours of…Gilda Radner

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2022 48:57


    One of the most loved Saturday Night Live alums, comedy icon Gilda Radner brought laughter to many. But behind her beloved characters her life was tragically marred by illness and sorrow. From struggles with an eating disorder, multiple miscarriages, and finally succumbing to ovarian cancer at only 42 years old. Why did doctors miss so many opportunities to catch this deadly disease at such a young age? Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours of…Walt Disney

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 48:41


    He is known as the father of movie-length animation and creator of some of the most loved characters in the world. But Walt Disney was also an obsessive workaholic who suffered crippling pain. Dr. Michael Hunter leads the investigation into Walt Disney's final days, weeks, and months to find answers to his death at the unexpected age of 65. Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours of…Larry Hagman

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 48:48


    Fondly remembered for iconic roles from the 1960's smash sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie” and the 1980's prime time hit “Dallas” Larry Hagman was a fun loving, larger than life personality who embodied the opulent, excessive, and dangerous party lifestyle of the time. A life-saving liver transplant transformed his life and Larry continued to perform into his early 80's. Did his lifestyle catch up to him after all those years and second chances? Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours Of…Scott Weiland

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2022 49:15


    Grunge Icon of the 90's Scott Weiland was known as “The Last Great Rockstar”. Sadly his rockstar life, like many others, had been rocky. Perhaps the catalogue of traumatic events and dangerous activities created the circumstances for Scott's untimely death? Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours Of…Scott Weiland

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2022 49:15


    Grunge Icon of the 90's Scott Weiland was known as “The Last Great Rockstar”. Sadly his rockstar life, like many others, had been rocky. Perhaps the catalogue of traumatic events and dangerous activities created the circumstances for Scott's untimely death? Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours Of…David Cassidy

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 49:02


    One of the world's biggest teen idols, David Cassidy, celebrated a career that spanned five decades. Just nine months after announcing he suffered from Alzheimer's he was dead …so what happened over those last few months of his life? Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours Of…Debbie Reynolds

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 48:25


    Debbie Reynolds had an enviable career that spanned over 6 decades. She starred in over 40 films and found fame with new TV audiences many times over. Her work ethic was legendary, but her personal life was often plagued with difficulties, most notably the mental illness and addiction that took her famous daughter Carrie Fisher. Did overwhelming grief contribute to the life ending stroke that took Debbie from the world in December of 2016? Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours Of…Desi Arnaz

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 48:42


    “Ricky Ricardo” was the character that brought fame to Desi Arnaz in the 1950's TV series “I Love Lucy.” Before his fame and success with his wife Lucille Ball Desi had been exiled from Cuba and rose to fame from humble beginnings as a charismatic and beloved Latin orchestra leader. Dead at just age 69, why was his success also his downfall? Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours Of…Dana Plato

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 48:55


    Child star of the 80's Dana Plato of “Diff'rent Strokes” captured the heart of America. In May of 1999 the world was saddened to hear the news that she died at the age of 34. A life of fame punctuated with deep loss and crushing lows had led Dana to turn to alcohol and drugs as her life continued to unravel. Despite originally reporting her death as a suicide, there seems to be evidence suggesting that Dana did not intend to kill herself. So what really happened? Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours Of…Adam West

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 47:43


    Best known as the original and classic Batman in the 1960's Adam Wests was one of Hollywood's great survivors. His sudden death just days after being diagnosed with Leukemia shocked the world. Wit timely treatment Leukemia patients can live years after a diagnosis. Known for his tanned and fit physique was Adam really as healthy as we thought? Dr. Michael Hunter sifts through evidence to find answers for the shocking timing of his death. Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours Of… Chris Benoit

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 50:50


    In 2007 an athlete entertainer with a seemingly glamorous life shocked the world with a horrific double murder-suicide. Chris Benoit, a premiere athletes of World Wrestling Entertainment fame killed his wife and his 7-year-old-son before hanging himself. Why would such an elite performer, only 40 years old, who had achieved so much choose to kill himself and his family? Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours Of…Billy Mays

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 49:58


    After making his fortune pitching innovative products on television Billy Mays dies unexpectedly at just 50 years old. Surprising hidden and controversial truths may reveal what happened to the icon who came from humble roots to become a millionaire in just over a decade. Forensic Pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter examines Billy's autopsy report to find answers that may reveal what happened to America's favorite TV Pitchman. Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours Of…Andy Gibb

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 49:38


    Just five days after his 30th birthday, Andy Gibb, the youngest brother of the three Bee Gees, died. At the time of his mysterious death it was revealed that his system was clean of alcohol and illegal drugs. Did his battles with depression and addiction ultimately cause his death? Forensic Pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter will examine this mystery using first hand testimonies and reports to find out what happened to one of the most popular members of the disco super group. Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours Of…Dick Clark

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 49:14


    Dick Clark was known as “America's oldest teenager” into his 60's. But following a routine prostate operation the American icon died suddenly from a massive heart attack. Did his long battle with diabetes and a debilitating stroke lead to Dick's sudden death? Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours Of…Tom Petty

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 49:17


    Rock and roll legend Tom petty produced timeless hit such as “Free Fallin'” and “American Girl.” On September 25th, 2017 he played the last night of a sell-out six month tour to a packed stadium in Hollywood. Just one week later he collapsed at his Malibu home and died the following day. What led him to die so suddenly and unexpectedly? Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours Of…John Candy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 49:18


    On March 4th 1994, beloved comedy actor John Candy was found dead in Durango Mexico, where he was working on what would be his final film, Wagons East. Candy rose to fame in over 40 films including Splash, Cool Runnings and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Off-camera, John Candy had battled with his weight throughout his life. But what events unfolded in Mexico that could have contributed to his shocking fatal heart attack at just 43? World renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter will examine Candy's death certificate, along with first-hand accounts from those closest to him, in order to understand what ultimately caused the death of this Hollywood icon. Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours Of...Michael Clarke Duncan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 49:34


    As the gentle giant “John Coffey” in the fantasy-drama, The Green Mile, Michael Clarke Duncan found fame at the age of 42. The 6'5” actor went on to star in a string of Hollywood blockbusters but he wasn't a typical movie star. He was obsessed with working out and eating well so when he suffered a fatal heart attack in 2012, rumors of a conspiracy emerged. Now world-renowned medical examiner Dr. Michael Hunter investigates Michael Clarke Duncan's mysterious death at the age of 54-- just 12 years after he became a Hollywood favorite. Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours Of...Michael Clarke Duncan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 49:34


    As the gentle giant “John Coffey” in the fantasy-drama, The Green Mile, Michael Clarke Duncan found fame at the age of 42. The 6'5” actor went on to star in a string of Hollywood blockbusters but he wasn't a typical movie star. He was obsessed with working out and eating well so when he suffered a fatal heart attack in 2012, rumors of a conspiracy emerged. Now world-renowned medical examiner Dr. Michael Hunter investigates Michael Clarke Duncan's mysterious death at the age of 54-- just 12 years after he became a Hollywood favorite. Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours Of...Davy Jones

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 49:13


    On the morning of February 29th, 2012, Davy Jones the idolized front man of the 60's pop phenomenon, The Monkees, died. He had been performing just days before and showed no signs of illness. A working-class kid from Manchester, England, Davy won international fame when, at 19 years-old, he was cast in the wacky TV show about a failing pop band named The Monkees. His sudden death from cardiac failure came completely out of the blue. In this podcast, world-renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter uses Davy's autopsy and medical examiner's report to uncover what really killed Davy Jones at just 66 years old. Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours Of... Dennis Wilson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 49:23


    Dennis Wilson was the golden boy drummer for the Beach Boys. His good looks, energetic attitude and musical prowess made him one of the great drummers of rock and roll. True his band's ident ity, he was also an avid surfer. But the Beach Boys drummer was also an avid drinker and on December 28, 1983, after a day of alcohol-use, Wilson dove into LA's Marina Del Rey harbor and drowned in less than 15 feet of water. Byt what really happened? Forensic Pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter examines Dennis's autopsy report to dispel the rumors and reveal the real cause of the drummer's tragic and untimely death at the age of 39. Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours Of...George Michael

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 48:57


    One of the most brilliant performers of his generation, George Michael's music career spanned 35 years. Following global fame with the pop group Wham!, his solo career sent him into the stratosphere. But the death of both his lover and mother, along with the pressures of keeping his sexuality a secret, took their toll. Conflicted and depressed, Michael turned to drugs and alcohol to numb his pain. His slide into self-destruction led to his sudden death at the age of 53. Now expert pathologist and coroner, Dr. Michael Hunter, investigates what was going on in the singer's body that caused him to die so suddenly and at such a young age. Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours Of...Corey Haim

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 48:48


    Canadian actor, Corey Haim, was the poster boy for 1980's Hollywood. As a teen idol, he starred in “The Lost Boys”, “Lucas”, and “License to Drive.” But his fast lifestyle also led the young actor to his first encounters with drugs and alcohol. What followed were years of cocaine addiction, prescription drug abuse and a waning career. Then on March 10, 2010, Haim was found unconscious in the apartment he shared with his mother. He died that night of what was rumored to be an accidental overdose. Now forensic Pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter examines Corey's autopsy report to dispel the rumors, and reveal the real cause of the actor's tragic and untimely death at the age of 38. Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours Of...John Denver

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 49:09


    The legendary singer-songwriter behind “Country Roads” and “Rocky Mountain High” was one of America's biggest selling artists in the 1970's. The fresh-faced superstar wrote nearly 200 songs and sold over 35 million albums and spent his free time as a private aviator. But on the afternoon of October 12, 1997, John Denver crashed his Rutan Long-EZ experimental plane into the Pacific Ocean. The unexplained disaster led to revelations about Denver's drug and alcohol abuse as well as mental health issues. But the investigation was hindered by the fact that only fragments of Denver's plane and parts of his body were recovered from the ocean. Now renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter is reopening the case into the mystery of what caused John Denver's fatal plane crash. Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours Of...Andy Kaufman

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 49:17


    On May 16th 1984, comedian Andy Kaufman, died from a rare form of lung cancer when he was 35 years old. Renowned for his eccentric comedy sketches on Saturday Night Live, he went on to gain international fame for his character “Latka,” the goofy mechanic, in the 70's sitcom Taxi. A master of invention, he told friends he was going to fake his own death, leading some to believe he never really died. In this podcast, expert Coroner and Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Michael Hunter, examines Andy Kaufman's medical history to uncover what caused the disease that killed this comic genius at such a young age. Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours Of...Rue McClanahan

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 49:20


    Actress Rue McClanahan was beloved for playing the sassy Southern Belle, “Blanche Devereaux,” on TV's The Golden Girls. But behind the smiles, Rue's life was blighted by heartbreak, disease and reported near-death experiences. Her cause of death was officially called a stroke—an event most commonly caused by a blood clot in the brain. But Rue was taking the drug Warfarin, a powerful anticoagulant prescribed to prevent blood clots. So why did the actress die of a stroke at the age of 76? World renowned Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Michael Hunter digs in to analyze every detail of of the actress' medical history to reveal if other drugs played a part in the mystery of what killed Rue McClanahan. Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours of…Gary Coleman

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 48:03


    Gary Coleman soared to success in the hit 80's TV show, "Diff'rent Strokes," but at the height of his fame he was plagued by health problems and when his career stalled he hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours of...Michael Landon

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 49:31


    On July 1st 1991, actor Michael Landon passed away at his Malibu home just three months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was 54. Michael had spent his life defying the odds to become a renowned television superstar as “Joe Cartwright” in Bonanza. He went on to write, produce, direct and star in family favorites like Little House on the Prairie and Highway to Heaven. But only 12 weeks after his cancer diagnosis, Michael Landon was dead. Now world-renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter digs deep into Michael's past to reveal why he developed the disease in the first place and why he died so quickly. Dr. Hunter also uncovers Landon's potentially lethal addictions and a link to one of the worst nuclear disasters in U.S. history. Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours of...James Gandolfini

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 49:32


    On June 19th 2013, actor James Gandolfini died of a heart attack while vacationing in Rome. A famously intense character actor, Gandolfini became a household name for playing mob boss “Tony Soprano” in the HBO series, The Sopranos. But dedication to his craft took a deep toll on the actor, and rumors of addiction and an eating disorder followed him throughout his career. Now expert pathologist Dr Michael Hunter is examining Gandolfini's medical history to discover which of these led to the heart attack that killed him at 51. Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours Of...Bernie Mac

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 49:26


    The Last Hours of… Bernie Mac - Bernie Mac was one of the best-loved stand-up comedians of his generation. He worked his way out of poverty through years of performing in Chicago clubs before hitting the big time as part of Def Comedy Jam in the early 90's. After touring relentlessly, Mac found mainstream success in Hollywood with movie roles and a primetime TV show. But in July 2008, at the height of his career, he was hospitalized with pneumonia. After 3 weeks in intensive care he died at 50. Now, Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Hunter is taking a fresh look at the death of this unique performer who was loved by millions. Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

    The Last Hours of...Rick James

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 49:05


    On August 6th 2004, the music world was stunned when the outrageous and funk music star behind “Superfreak,” Rick James, was found dead by his housekeeper in his LA home at 56. In the 1980's James lived the classic rock-n-roll lifestyle fueled by sex and cocaine. But his excesses took a dark turn in 1991 when charges of kidnapping, assault and torture sent him to prison. Upon release, he turned his life around but then things went terribly wrong once again. Renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter is investigating the cause of Rick James' death using his autopsy report, witness statements and first-hand accounts to reveal what killed The King of Punk Funk. Like what you hear and want more true crime and mystery? Go to https://www.reelz.com/podcasts/

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