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Phil Hartman Murder / Suicide

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 04:43 AM

The following events took place on the morning of Thursday May 28, 1998.

Phil and Brynn Hartman lived at 5065 Encino Avenue, California. 40 year old Brynn Hartman showed up at the family home sometime between 2-3am, completely drunk and coked. She had been drinking that night with a friend till 10pm, in the Buca di Bepo restaurant on Ventura Boulevard.

Phil and Brynn's 11-year marriage was stormy at best. According to one account, she was upset because she had read a note from Phil the night before, implying that he wanted to end the marriage. Other reports state that they were in counseling, and things were improving. Whatever the cause, she was definitely having a bad day.

49 year-old Phil was asleep in bed, wearing a purple T-shirt and boxer shorts with cartoon Dachshunds on them, from The GAP. I couldn't make that up. She shot him 3 times: in the forehead, neck and forearm. Weirdly, it was the forearm bullet that killed him. It re entered his chest, and got him that way.

After she killed him, she went to a friend's house and told him, "I shot Phil." He didn't believe her. She fell asleep, and friend searched her purse, and found a Smith and Wesson revolver. Friend put it in a plastic SAV-ON grocery bag. Brynn woke up three hours later, and she took the friend back to the scene. Friend checks out that Phil is indeed dead, and calls 911.

Shortly after the police arrived at 6:20 am, Brynn locked herself in the bedroom. Friend gave police the revolver, and they escort the couple's 2 children from the premises. Police tried to talk Brynn out of the bedroom, but she crying hysterically and wasn't budging.

They broke a bedroom window to try to distract her. It didn't work. Well, not the way they intended it to. She pulled out another gun, stuck it in her mouth, and pulled the trigger. Cops broke down the door, and found her unresponsive. They confiscated the gun. She was wearing white cotton T-shirt with the number 9 on the chest (also from The GAP), and brown argyle socks.

Both of them were lying on the King-size bed. Phil was lying on his right side, and Brynn's head was on a pillow. Their bodies were removed, and taken to the Medical Examiners for an autopsy. Upon examination, it showed that Brynn's had consumed alcohol, cocaine and an antidepressant, Zoloft... The official verdict was murder/suicide.

Their bodies were cremated at Forest Lawn Glendale. There was a funeral service on the 4th of June, attended by the kids. Their ashes were supposedly scattered off Catalina Island, per Phil's will... Brynn's family are suing the makers of Zoloft.

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 08:11 AM

I was a big fan of Phil Hartman, and I found out about his death in an unusual way. The day he died, I was chatting online with my
Dad, who was stationed in Alabama at the time. The TV was on, but it was on "mute," and a news segment came on, detailing the Hartman tragedy. I looked up from the computer screen for just long enough to see the end of the news report, with a caption of Phil Hartman reading "1949-1998." Rather shocked, I typed into the chat block, "I just saw on TV that Phil Hartman from 'Saturday Night Live' has apparently died!" My Dad had already read the news, as he replied in text, "His wife shot him and then herself." That was one of the most chilling IM's I ever received, and I'm not sure exactly why.

I guess maybe it's because it didn't pull any punches, and it didn't sugar-coat the report as later coverage would attempt. Phil Hartman, uber-talented comedian and veteran of "Saturday Night Live," as well as earlier album cover artist (see Poco's 1980 album Legend for an example), has died because of a psychotic wife with a gun and who didn't give a damn about their two small children.

Phil Hartman's work will live on, and I pray that his two children will eventually get past this traumatic event.
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Posted 10 January 2012 - 04:47 PM

I loved the guy on NewsRadio, great show.
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