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Natalie Wood was Hollywood's hottest actress for her generation. She married screen legend Robert Wagner not once but twice. They were the Hollywood dream couple and enjoyed a spectacular lifestyle. But on November 29th, 1981, during what was supposed to be a relaxed weekend sailing trip, 43 year old Natalie was found dead. The cause of death was officially certified as ‘accidental drowning' but why Natalie Wood left the yacht and drowned has never been answered: was it accident, suicide or something more sinister? Now medical examiner Dr. Michael Hunter is taking a fresh look at one of Hollywood's most enduring mysteries.
Phil Hartman was a comedy legend. HIs satirical impressions on Saturday Night Live ruffled the feather of America's most powerful. On The Simpsons, his voice gave life to 18 iconic characters. He was one of America's favorite comic actors. But in May 1998 Phil Hartman's family home was stormed by armed police who found him shot to death in his bedroom. The horror escalates when police confirm Phil's wife Brynn is by his side – also shot dead. Using information revealed in Phil and Brynn's autopsy reports Dr. Michael Hunter investigates their tragic and untimely deaths.
Jim Morrison lead singer of the 1960's band The Doors was one of rock's most influential but controversial cult icons. His mesmerizing lyrics and vocals earned him critical acclaim and drew the admiration of an army of fans as his outrageous drink and drug fueled behavior, on and off stage, established his reputation as a rebel and trouble-maker. A biographer described him as "an angel in grace and a dog in heat". But on July 3, 1971, Jim Morrison was found dead in the bathtub of his Paris apartment. He was just 27. The official cause was given as heart failure but many have dismissed this finding as a "fairy tale " and his death still inspires rumor and conspiracy theory. Now medical examiner Dr. Michael Hunter re-opens the file.
In March 1991, Rodney King was savagely beaten by four white police officers. The incident was caught on camera, and broadcast around the world. The four police officers were then found ‘Not Guilty', triggering the infamous LA riots. It was King who famously called for peace, asking, "Can we all just get along?" But on Sunday June 17th 2012, King, age 47, was found by his fiancé, face down in his backyard swimming pool. Using information revealed in Rodney King's autopsy report Dr. Michael Hunter investigates his final hours and his mysterious death.
John Belushi was a comedy genius. The gross-out characters he created in Animal House and Blues Brothers were iconic. After a meteoric rise to stardom, 33 year-old he was on the cusp of super stardom. But on March 5th, 1982 he was found dead died in Hollywood's Chateau Marmont Hotel. Using information revealed in John Belushi's autopsy report, Dr. Michael Hunter investigates his final days and hours to reveal the cause of his death.
Jimi Hendrix was one of the highest paid musicians in the world. At the age of 27 he had made 3 multi-million albums and had set the gold standard in rock music electric guitar. But he died in London on the September 18, 1970. The coroner concluded that he died after breathing in his own vomit. But, stating insufficient evidence of the circumstances surrounding his death, he returned an open verdict. Nearly half a century later, his death is still shrouded in mystery. Numerous conflicting accounts of his final hours have obscured the truth and fueled conspiracy theories about drugs overdose, suicide and murder. Now Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Hunter re-examines Hendrix's death to cut through claim and counter claims and, using the medical evidence, determines precisely how he died.
Maurice Gibb was one third of global mega band, The Bee Gees. In a career spanning four decades, they sold over 220 million records. They were best known for their disco classics, high pitched singing voices, and boufant hairstyles. Whilst his brothers sang lead vocals, Maurice was the hidden talent that held the band together, considered by insiders to be the musical director. But on Wednesday January 8th, 2003, Maurice Gibb collapsed in agony at his Miami home. He died 4 days later, aged just 53. According to witnesses Maurice Gibb's death came out of nowhere. So why Maurice went from healthy to collapse to death in 4 days is a mystery. Now forensic examiner Dr. Michael Hunter investigates the forensic evidence.
The Notorious B.I.G., rapped about girls, guns and money. His rhyming skills and flow propelled him to worldwide fame. A larger than life figure from Brooklyn, New York, his raw talent lifted him from the streets. But in the early hours of March 9th 1997 The Notorious BIG was gunned down in a drive by shooting in downtown Los Angeles. For decades, police have hunted for his killer, but still no-one has been brought to trial. Using information revealed in his autopsy report and police files, Dr. Michael Hunter investigates a motive for BIG's murder and the identity of his killer.
Dr Richard Shepherd investigates the death of Anna Nicole Smith. Her marriage to a billionaire 67 years her senior brought her global notoriety and started her on a downward path that led to her death in a Florida hotel room at the age of just 39.
Blessed with astonishing skills on the pitch and stunning good looks, George Best became the world's first superstar footballer in the late 1960s. But on 25th November 2005, George Best died, aged just 59. Throughout his life Best fought a very public battle with alcoholism and even survived a life saving liver transplant. Alcohol had a dramatic effect on his life, his relationships and health but, at the very end, was it the drink that killed him? Forensic Physician Dr Jason Payne-James examines George Best's medical history. He traces Best's attempts to beat his addictive illness, charts the impact that a lifetime of drinking has on his body, and ultimately, reveals how Best dies – not directly from alcohol – but from drugs prescribed to save him. George's son Calum, his wife Alex and his agent Phil Hughes all contribute to a film that coincides with the tenth anniversary of his death.