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Star of Hit TV Show Kills Himself!

June 17, 2009 |  8:00 am

June 17, 1959, Superman Commits Suicide

George Reeves, star of "Superman," one of the most popular shows on TV, kills himself with a 9-millimeter Luger and The Times runs the story inside. I wonder what the editors were thinking.

Present at the time were Reeves' fiancee, Lenore Lemmon, writer Robert Condon, who was doing a story about Reeves' upcoming exhibition match with boxer Archie Moore, neighbor Carol Van Ronkel and her companion William Bliss. 

June 17, 1959, Superman Commits Suicide

Reeves was furious that Bliss and Van Ronkel arrived about 1 a.m. and said he was in no mood for a party.

He threatened to throw Bliss out of the house, then apologized and went to his bedroom.

"He's going upstairs to shoot himself," Lemmon told the visitors. "See, he's opening the drawer to get the gun." And after the shot was fired, "See there, I told you; he's just shot himself."

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The "Man of Steel" lived at 1579 Benedict Canyon Drive.
Above, the neighborhood as shown via Google maps' street view.