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From Kevin Hassell:


According to the official Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office autopsy report, "Deceased was found lying face down in front seat of car--a gas can, 1/3 full, cover open--windows were all rolled up & doors shut, not locked--keys not in ignition". The report also noted excessive bruising on his chest and shoulders, and attributed the cause of death to asphyxiation "due to inhalation of gasoline". Bobby had been drenched with the gasoline, and he was in a state of rigor mortis. His body appeared battered, and his right finger was broken, as if it had been bent back. The police attributed his death to suicide, with the report stating that there was "no evidence of foul play." So basically he beat himself up, broke his finger, and then drenched himself with gasoline. Oh yeah, that makes sense. The case remains closed and sealed under California law. Bobby was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, in Burbank.


OCTOBER 2008 Update: New friend Vince Marzo sends this update: I had a contact at the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office back in the 1980's. He supplied me with the complete file on Bobby Fuller. As you know, Bobby Fuller's death was originally listed as a suicide. According to the documentation I have, there is a notation that states, " MODE CHANGED TO "ACCIDENT" BY SUICIDE TEAM, Oct. 14, 1966". Although I believe that as much as the afore mentioned cause of suicide, this has been noted and amended on his death certificate. Anyway, it precludes the LAFD from having to investigate his death

Also this OFFICIAL autopsy report contradicts a few of the facts stated above:

No finger injury is noted on the report. "Found dead in closed auto beside can containing gasoline. All organs smell strongly of gasoline." Also states that Fuller "was a musician from Texas, touring Hollywood. Last seen approx 3am 7-18-66 by a friend Lloyd Esinger. At that time they had a couple of beer (s), Fuller was in good spirits. At approximately 5:15pm, Fuller's mother sent Lloyd Esinger down to car to find Fuller lying face down in the front seat of the car, and a gas can 1/3 full - cover open - windows were all rolled up and doors shot, not locked, keys not in the ignition. Fuller has been despondent over job situation recently.

To this day, questions still remain. The last person to possibly see Bobby alive was Lloyd Esinger, the manager of Bobby’s apartment complex. He stated that Bobby had stopped by his apartment around 3 AM on the day of his death, and they had a few beers. He said that Bobby seemed to be in good spirits. The band’s roadie, who was staying with Bobby along with his mother, said that sometime around one or two in the morning he received a phone call, and left and never came back. There were rumors of Bobby having gone to an LSD party and having died in a fall, with people at the party trying to make it look like a suicide. There was also suspicion that he was killed because of a life insurance policy, with Del-Fi listed as a beneficiary. There is reason to believe that the police didn’t do a thorough job in the investigation, reportedly never checking the gas can for fingerprints. Then there is the theory that he was possibly murdered to generate demand and sales for his recordings.


When the TV show Unsolved Mysteries did a broadcast on Bobby’s murder, a woman who claimed to be at the acid party called in after the show. She either said that Bobby wasn’t there, or he was fine at the party. As of now, 37 years later, the case remains unsolved.





Bobby wasn't a "friend", but I did know him and worked with him, so I have always been intrigued by the mystery of his death.

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Yeah, it does make you wonder why they don't re-open this. Obviouly, some people do commit suicide. Yet, there are many deaths labeled "suicide" that literally scream for a real investigation. Bobby Fuller is one of them. Same with Marilyn Monroe and George Reeves. I hope they at least take another look at this case. The longer they wait, the less likely they'll do it.

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