Mummified Body of Former Playmate Found In Her Home
LOS ANGELES, California ~ (LA Times) ~ Early Playboy Playmate and B-movie actress Yvette Vickers was found dead in her Benedict Canyon home, and apparently her body had been there for months.
According to a police report, the 82-year-old model/actress had not been seen for a long time. A neighbor discovered her body in an upstairs room of Vickers' Westwanda Drive home on April 27th. The official cause of death will be later determined by the Los Angeles County coroner's office, but police said they found no signs. of foul play. The mummified state of her body suggests that she may have been dead for up to a year.
Vickers had lived in the 1920-era wood and stone house for decades, using it as the backdrop for some of her modeling pictures, but the house had become dilapidated over time. Neighbor Susan Savage went to check on Vickers after noticing old letters and cobwebs in her mailbox. She pushed open a barricaded gate and peered through a window, then decided to enter the house when she saw what turned out to be a blonde wig. The inside of the home appeared to be in disrepair, with boxes of clothes, junk mail and letters forming barriers, Savage said. She made her way upstairs and found a room with a small space heater still running. She found the body on the floor; Savage had known Vickers but she said the remains were unrecognizable.
Vickers starred in cult classics like 'Attack Of The 50-Foot Woman' and 'Attack Of The Giant Leeches'. Savage remembered her neighbor as an elegant woman with a broad straw hat, dressed in white with flowing blonde hair and a "warm smile". "She kept to herself, had friends and seemed like a very independent spirit," she said. "To the end she still got cards and letter from all over the world requesting photos and still wanting to be her friend." Savage added that the neighbors felt terrible. "We've all been crying about this," she said. "Nobody should be left alone like that."
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