Several playboy playments have died tragically due to accidents, drug overdose, murders and suicides.
Several Playboy Playmates have died tragically due to accidents, drug abuse and suicides. For many women and men, the playboy playmate is seen as having a charmed and enviable life. Their photo spread in playboy magazines have been viewed by millions around the world. Here are five playboy Playmates and their tragic stories.
Dorothy Stratten (1979)
She was playmate of the month on the August 1979 issue of playboy. She graduated to playmate of the year in 1980 and that was the year she also met her untimely death. Her estranged husband and manager, Paul Snider, brutally raped and shot her in a murder-suicide that left both dead.
Starr Lowe (Ellen Louise Stowe) 1977
She was a former girlfriend of Gene Simmonds of Kiss rock group was strangled to death 20 years after her appearance in Playboy. She was playmate of the month for the February 1977 issue. Reports of drug and alcohol abuse and prostitution culminated in her murder.
Paige Young (1968)
She was the perfect 10 for that era sporting a curvy 36-24-36 figure. She was an artist who tried to make a living on her artwork. According to her Playboy interview, she enjoyed romps along the shore and peaceful walks in the woods. The November 1968 playmate died She died peacefully in 1974 from an overdose of sleeping pills.
Anna Nicole Smith (Vickie Lynn Hogan )
Perhaps one of the more well known tragedies in recent times was that of playmate Anna Nicole Smith. She was Playmate of the month in May 1992 and Playmate of the year in 1993. Her marriage to 89 year old Texas millionaire ended with his death. she was engaged in a long battle over her husband’s estate, her beloved son died suddenly and she died shortly after from a drug overdose.
Tonya Crews (1961)
This March 1961 playmate wanted to be a mathematician, liked men with dark curly hair and was of Choctaw Indian heritage. The curvaceous 38-22-36 beauty was a jazz dance choreographer. She died tragically when she fell asleep at the wheel of her car and died in 1966.