Romy Schneider  

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Romy Schneider (September 23, 1938May 29, 1982) was an Austrian actress.


Schneider began drinking alcohol in excess after the sudden death, on July 5, 1981, of her 14-year-old son, David-Christopher. David had attempted to climb the spiked fence at his stepfather's parents home when he punctured his femoral artery. He got himself off the fence and into the house for help but by the time the ambulance got him to the hospital he had lost too much blood and died. When Romy was found dead in her apartment in Paris, France on May 29, 1982, at the age of 43, it was suggested that she had committed suicide by taking a lethal cocktail of alcohol and sleeping pills. However, no post-mortem examination was carried out. She was declared to have died from cardiac arrest.

Following her burial, it became known that her companion Laurent Petin had buried her with a large amount of gold jewellery, which led to her tomb being ransacked by thieves. She was later reburied in a more secure means. These circumstances were similar to that of Benny Hill after his burial.

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