US comic in suicide-murder

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The Independent Online
THE acting community in Hollywood was reeling last night from the violent death of one of their best-loved brethren, Phil Hartman (right), in an apparent suicide-murder incident that also took the life of his wife, Brynn.

Mr Hartman, 49, who first achieved national fame through his impersonations of Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter on Saturday Night Live, was found dead his home in the Encino neighbourhood of Los Angeles early yesterday. Police officers were evacuating two young children, believed to be the Hartmans', when a second gunshot was heard in a bedroom. It is believed that shot was fired by Mrs Hartman.