DEAD: ON THIS DATE Sam Kinison

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Sam Kinison (aged 38)
American comedian

Samuel Burl Kinison (December 8, 1953 –April 10, 1992) was an American stand-up comedianand actor. A former Pentecostal preacher, he performed stand-up routines that were most often characterized by an intense style, similar to charismatic preachers, and punctuated by his distinct scream.

DEATH: On Friday, April 10, 1992, Kinison died at the age of 38 after his white 1989 Pontiac 20th Anniversary Turbo Trans Am[better source needed] was struck head-on on U.S. Route 95, 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Interstate 40 and around 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Needles, California, by a pickup truck driven by 17-year-old Troy Pierson, who had been drinking alcohol. The pickup truck crossed the center line of the roadway and went into Kinison’s lane. At the time of the collision, Kinison was traveling to Laughlin, Nevada, to perform at a sold-out show.

Kinison was found lying between the seats of his car at the scene of the collision. He was not killed instantly, according to his brother.

Kinison’s body was buried in a family grave plot at Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His gravestone is inscribed with the unattributed quote: “In another time and place he would have been called prophet.”

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