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This Headline in the New York Post Caught Our Attention: ‘The Bizarre Afterlife of TV Actor Shot Dead in On-Set Accident’

Feb 13, 2018  •  Post A Comment

An article running in the New York Post under the headline above tells the strange story of Hollywood actor and model Jon-Erik Hexum, who died playing Russian roulette while filming a TV show on Oct. 18, 1984.

The accident happened on the set of the CBS spy show “Cover Up,” where Hexum, then 26, played an undercover CIA agent posing as a male model. Hexum was handling a .44 Magnum loaded with blanks.

“In what has been described as a tragic accident, the actor playfully spun the barrel, which had one cartridge inside, placed the gun to his temple and pulled the trigger,” The Post reports. “The gun discharged a wad of paper that shattered his skull, forcing a bone fragment the size of a small coin into the center of his brain.”

Hexum underwent five hours of surgery before being placed on life support. He was declared brain-dead six days later and his organs were harvested.

The “bizarre afterlife” referenced in the headline involves Hexum’s heart, which was used after his death to save the life of a Las Vegas pimp.

We encourage readers to click on the link above to the New York Post to read the full story.

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