On this day 52 years ago, Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her home in Brentwood, Los Angeles. Her death, as with the rest of her life, remains veiled in mystery and intrigue several decades onward.
The circumstances surrounding the death of Marilyn Monroe on August 5, 1962 cause the topic to become among the most widely-debated in entertainment history. Although her death was officially ruled a drug overdose in what seemed to be a “probable suicide,” numerous conspiracy theories persist to this day, insisting that Monroe had been murdered and implicating the late US President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert, with whom the actress allegedly had affairs with.
During the final months of Monroe’s life, the actress, then only 36, suffered depression and had been described as erratic. Her psychiatrist Dr. Ralph Greenson, who was called in by her housekeeper Eunice Murray, reportedly had to break into her room when Monroe wouldn’t respond to their calls. They were then met by the sight of her naked body lying face down on her bed with an empty bottle of sleeping pills nearby and the phone in one hand. Through the ensuing autopsy, it was discovered that a deadly amount of sedatives was in her system, leading the Los Angeles police to make the official conclusion that her death was “caused by a self-administered overdose of sedative drugs and that the mode of death is probable suicide.”
Monroe was buried in what was touted as a “Cadillac casket,” which was “made of heavy-gauge solid bronze and lined with champagne-colored silk,” while wearing her favorite Emilio Pucci dress. Her remains were buried in a crypt at Westwood Memorial Park, where former husband, legendary baseball star Joe DiMaggio sent red roses three times a week for the next two decades (ironically, the couple was said to have agreed to remarry on August 8 – just three days after she died). Monroe’s funeral was attended by friends and family, with her acting mentor Lee Strasberg of the Actor’s Studio delivering a eulogy.
To this day, more than five decades after her death, Monroe continues to fascinate the world with her mysterious yet alluring charm.
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