It has been announced that Oscar-winning producer Alan Ladd Jr. has died. He was eighty-four years old.
Amanda Ladd-Jones, Ladd Jr.’s daughter, confirmed his death on Wednesday in a social media post. The death was ruled an accident for which no cause could be determined.
“With the heaviest of hearts, we announce that on March 2, 2022, Alan Ladd, Jr. died peacefully at home surrounded by his family,” she said in a Facebook post that was uploaded on a page for a documentary she oversaw that was based on him.
To which his daughter added: “Words cannot explain how much he will be missed”. “His influence on film and filmmaking will continue long after he is gone,” he writes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, in addition to Ladd-Jones, Ladd Jr. is survived by his second wife Cindra, his children Kelliann and Tracy, and his brother David. Another daughter, Chelsea, died at age 34 in March of this year.
He was born on September 3 of 1913 in Hot Springs, Arkansas to a family of farmers. He was the only child of Ina Raleigh (also known as Selina Rowley) (1888–1937) and Alan Ladd (1874–1917), a freelance accountant. His mother was born in County Durham, England, and moved to the United States in 1907 at the age of 19. Ladd’s father died of a heart attack when he was just four years old. This tragic event occurred on July 3, 1918, when Alan was playing with matches and accidentally set fire to the family house. She married Jim Beavers, a house painter, and relocated to Oklahoma City, where he was born and raised (d. 1936).
Due to a collapse in the economy in the early 1920s, Ladd’s family was forced to relocate to California, a four-month journey. Before moving to the San Fernando Valley, where Beavers found work as an artist at FBO Studios, they resided first in a migrant camp in Pasadena, California. On the 18th of February, 1930, Ladd began his high school career at North Hollywood High School, which he attended until his graduation in 1937. High school drama was a big part of his senior year, with him taking on the role of Koko from The Mikado as well as swimming and diving. This led to him appearing in the aquatic show Marinella in July 1933 as a result of his impressive diving abilities.
Following an injury to his knees[clarification needed] in January 1964, Ladd wanted to recover at his Palm Springs home. That same day, his butler reported seeing Lad at 10 am on his bed and returning to find him dead at 3:30 pm, and this was confirmed by the butler’s own admission that he’d been there all morning. When he died from a combination of alcohol, barbiturate, and two tranquilizers, all of which contained at least two depressants, the coroner decided that it was an accidental death.
To help him sleep at night, Ladd took sleeping medications and consumed copious amounts of booze. Although he had not taken a lethal dosage of any one drug, the combination of drugs appears to have resulted in a fatal combination. As far as suicide was concerned, it had been ruled out.
Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, is where he was laid to rest.
On February 1, Edmond O’Brien delivered the eulogy at Ladd’s funeral. Fans were able to view the body of the deceased. Both his wedding ring and a letter from his son David to him were interred with him at the cemetery where he had died.
In addition to a 5,000-acre ranch in Hidden Valley, Ladd owned a hardware business in Palm Springs. After his death, The Carpetbaggers was released and became a commercial hit.
Life in the private sphere
When his mother, who had moved in with him following the collapse of a romance, requested him for some cash on November 29, 1937, Ladd obliged. Ladd handed her the money, assuming it was for booze, and she blew it. She bought some arsenic-based ant paste from a grocery store and drank it in the backseat of Ladd’s car before taking her own life.
A bullet wound to the heart was discovered in Ladd’s body on November 2, 1962. As the bullet passed through the third and fourth ribs in Ladd’s chest, it bounced off the rib cage before exiting his lungs. It was at that point that Ladd claims to have heard an intruder, grabbed a gun, and then fallen, fatally shooting himself in the head. The police investigating this accepted this. 1601 Vine Street is where Ladd’s star is located on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He left a handprint on the sidewalk outside Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. In 1995, he was honored with a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.