10 Good Actors Who Died Too Young

Dominique Dunne

Died: 11/4/82 (22)
Cause of Death:
Murdered
Notable Work: 
Poltergeist

Dominique Dunne was enjoying her first major Hollywood break with a supporting role in Poltergeist, and planned to follow it with a role in the eventual cult miniseries V. While rehearsing at her house with a co-star, Dunne argued with and was ultimately strangled to the point of unconsciousness by her abusive ex-boyfriend, LA chef John Thomas Sweeney, in the backyard. She fell into a deep coma before being removed from life support by her parents a few days later. Her V part went to actress Blair Tefkin and the miniseries was dedicated to her after completion.

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