Emmy-winning actor Robert Blake, whose career triumphs were later overshadowed by a trial in which he was acquitted of murdering his wife, has died aged 89.
Robert Blake, actor acquitted in wife’s murder, dies
Robert Blake, the Emmy award-winning performer who went from acclaim for his acting to notoriety when he was tried and acquitted of murdering his wife, has died aged 89.
A statement released on behalf of his niece, Noreen Austin, said Blake died on Thursday from heart disease, surrounded by family at home in Los Angeles.
The star of the 1970s TV show Baretta, Blake had once hoped for a comeback but never recovered from the long ordeal which began with the shooting death of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, outside a Studio City restaurant on May 4, 2001.
The story of their strange marriage, the child it produced and its violent end was a Hollywood tragedy played out in court.