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Freddie Prinze

Freddie PrinzeAKA Frederick Karl Pruetzel

Born: 22-Jun-1954
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 29-Jan-1977
Location of death: Los Angeles, CA [1]
Cause of death: Suicide [2]
Remains: Buried, Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Hollywood Hills, CA

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Chico of Chico and the Man


[1] 865 Comstock Ave, Los Angeles, CA.

[2] The Los Angeles Coroner ruled Prinze's death a suicide. In 1983, deciding a civil case which contested whether his mother, Maria Preutzel, would receive some $600,000 in insurance money, a jury ruled the death accidental for the purposes of the civil suit. This did not alter the coroner's ruling, and it should be noted that the jury might be swayed by the fact that the bereaved mother, then subsisting on $397/mo from Social Security, would receive nothing had it ruled otherwise.

Father: Karl Pruetzel (Hungarian Jewish)
Mother: Maria (Roman Catholic, Puerto Rican)
Girlfriend: Kitty Bruce (dau. of
Lenny Bruce, broken engagement)
Girlfriend: Pam Grier
Wife: Kathy Cochran (m. 1975, until his death, one son)
Son: Freddie Prinze, Jr. (actor, b. 8-Mar-1976)

    High School: LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (dropped out)

    Driving While Intoxicated Arrested 16-Nov-1976
    Shot: Self-Inflicted Los Angeles, CA (29-Jan-1977)
    Autopsy
    Hungarian Ancestry Paternal
    Jewish Ancestry Paternal
    Puerto Rican Ancestry Maternal
    Risk Factors: Cocaine

    TELEVISION
    Chico and the Man Francisco "Chico" Rodriguez (1974-77)


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