Former Playboy playmate Yvette Vickers died of heart failure, coroner says
Vickers, who would have been 82 when her body was found, died of natural causes "due to arterial sclerotic cardiovascular disease," or heart disease caused by a hardening of the arteries, said Joyce Kato, an investigator with the Los Angeles County coroner's department.
The department did not make a determination on when she died.
Vickers' body appears to have remained undiscovered for close to a year, police said. A neighbor who had noticed cobwebs in Vickers' mailbox entered the home and discovered her body on April 27.
The inside of the Westwanda Drive home in the Benedict Canyon neighborhood of Los Angeles was in disrepair and it was hard to move through the rooms because boxes containing what appeared to be clothes, junk mail and letters formed barriers, said the neighbor, Susan Savage. Vickers' body was found in an upstairs room with a small space heater still on.
Vickers, who was born Yvette Vedder, starred in such cult films as "Attack of the 50-Foot Woman" and "Attack of the Giant Leeches." She had, for the most part, withdrawn from her extended family.
Residents on the street said they had not seen Vickers since the summer of 2010. An acquaintance said she had become paranoid in recent years.
Vickers had no immediate survivors. She was married and divorced at least twice.
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Photo: Yvette Vickers, who was best known for appearing in the B-movies "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" and "Attack of the Giant Leeches," was found dead April 27. Credit: Los Angeles Times