Dead in England: St. Dunstan's Churchyard

𝙳𝚎𝚋𝚞𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚖𝚢 𝚕𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚜𝚝 𝚣𝚒𝚗𝚎, "𝙳𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚒𝚗 𝙴𝚗𝚐𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚍: 𝚂𝚝. 𝙳𝚞𝚗𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚗'𝚜 𝙲𝚑𝚞𝚛𝚌𝚑𝚢𝚊𝚛𝚍" 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚂𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚊𝚢, 𝙼𝚊𝚢 𝟸𝟼𝚝𝚑 𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙻.𝙰. 𝚉𝚒𝚗𝚎 𝙵𝚎𝚜𝚝 𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙷𝚎𝚕𝚖𝚜 𝙱𝚊𝚔𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚋𝚞𝚒𝚕𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 (𝟾𝟽𝟷𝟷 𝚆𝚊𝚜𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚝𝚘𝚗 𝙱𝚕𝚟𝚍., 𝙲𝚞𝚕𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝙲𝚒𝚝𝚢, 𝙲𝙰 𝟿𝟶𝟸𝟹𝟸). 𝚂𝚝𝚘𝚙 𝚋𝚢 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚊𝚢 𝚑𝚒 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚙𝚒𝚌𝚔 𝚞𝚙 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚣𝚒𝚗𝚎𝚜! 𝙸 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚖𝚒𝚜𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞, 𝚒𝚝'𝚕𝚕 𝚋𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚏𝚞𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚂𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚊𝚢! 

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Famous Last Words: "Is Everybody OK?"

As Robert F. Kennedy lays mortally wounded in the Ambassador Hotel’s kitchen area, busboy Juan Romero cradles Kennedy's head and places a rosary in his hand. Kennedy asks Romero: "Is everybody OK?" Romero responds, "Yes, everybody's OK." Kennedy then turns away and says, "Everything's going to be OK.” This moment is captured by Life magazine photog Bill Eppridge and Boris Yaro of the Los Angeles Times and becomes the iconic image of the presidential hopeful’s assassination. A witness states that a female in a polka-dot dress repeatedly exclaims, "We killed him! We killed him!” before running away - video footage of her testimony can be seen in the new Netflix series "Bobby Kennedy for President” - I highly recommend watching the 4-part series. Kennedy is shot three times. One bullet is fired at a range of about 1 inch (2.5 cm) and enters behind his right ear, dispersing fragments throughout his brain. The other two enter at the rear of his right armpit; one exits from his chest and the other lodges in the back of his neck. Despite extensive neurosurgery to remove the bullet and bone fragments from his brain, Kennedy is pronounced dead at 1:44AM on June 6, nearly 26 hours after the shooting. This past week, it is revealed that two of Kennedy’s children want a new investigation into his death. Robert Kennedy Jr. believes someone else - and not Sirhan Sirhan - shot his father. Robert Kennedy Jr. met with Sirhan in prison earlier this year. (Fun fact: Robert Kennedy Jr.'s wife is, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” actress, Cheryl Hines. Haines waited outside in the car for two hours while Kennedy spoke with his father’s assassin. #deadinhollywood #robertfkennedy #ambassadorhotel #midwilshire #losangeles #hollywood #truecrime #zines 

David Rappaport (November 23, 1951 – May 2, 1990)

“David Rappaport was as determined to die as he had been to live.” -L.A. Times, March 9, 1990

English actor, David Rappaport, is the first dwarf to star in his own television series,"The Wizard.” His first bit of success is in the 1979 children’s BBC show “Jigsaw” - alongside Sylvester McCoy who is best known for playing the 7th incarnation of the Doctor in the long-running science fiction television series "Doctor Who" from 1987 to 1989. Rappaport also appears alongside McCoy in the "Secret Policeman's Ball" where McCoy introduces him as: “Not the smallest man in the world, but fucking close.” Rappaport's most popular role is as Randall, the leader of the gang of dwarves in the Terry Gilliam film “Time Bandits” in 1981.

Rappaport struggles with depression. Just before his death, he is cast and begins filming for the darkly comic role of Zibalian trader Kivas Fajo on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" episode “The Most Toys.” During filming, Rappaport attempts suicide, and the scenes he completed are discarded when actor Saul Rubinek is hurriedly brought in by producers to replace him - Rappaport’s scenes are eventually included on the Season 3 DVD release of "Star Trek: The Next Generation." This isn’t the first time he tries to commit suicide. He tries two weeks before his wedding day in March 1989 - he parked his car on a hidden stretch of road and ran a garden hose from the exhaust pipe to the interior. He passed out, but somebody finds him.

According to the L.A. Times article, "A Life and Death in Hollywood : Acting: David Rappaport was Trapped by his Mind," on May 2, 1990, the day of his son’s 14th birthday, Rappaport slips out of the house and drives to Laurel Canyon Park - a favorite spot of his in the San Fernando Valley. He says hello to people on the path and passes the man and his dog who will later find his body. Deep in the park, Rappaport chooses a bramble-covered spot on the hillside, lays down on his back and stares up at the tree tops. He pulls out a pistol, points it downward at his chest, and shoots himself through the heart.  

His cousin considered, then rejected, theory after theory: "Perhaps his thoughts were telling him--falsely--that the woman he was about to marry might one day leave, unable to love a dwarf who might not always be the toast of Hollywood. Perhaps they told him that despite enormous success, he was still trapped--as trapped as the dwarf he had seen years earlier, caged in an English asylum for mentally retarded children. Or possibly, in the way that mind-records have, they exaggerated recent stops and starts in his career until it seemed that all he had worked for, all he had done to escape invisibility, was gone or going.”

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