DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Benny Hill (aged 68)
English comedian and actor
Alfred Hawthorne “Benny” Hill (21 January 1924 – 20 April 1992) was an English comedian and actor, best remembered for his television programme The Benny Hill Show, an amalgam of slapstick, burlesque, and double entendre in a format that included live comedy and filmed segments, with him at the focus of almost every segment.
DEATH: Benny Hill’s health declined in the late 1980s. After a mild heart attack on 24 February 1992, doctors told him he needed to lose weight and recommended a heart bypass. He declined, and a week later was found to have kidney failure. He died at the age of 68 on 20 April 1992. On 22 April, after several days of unanswered telephone calls, his producer, Dennis Kirkland, climbed a ladder to the window of Hill’s second-floor flat and upon seeing the body through a window, had the neighbours call the police. The police broke into the flat and found Hill, dead, sitting in his armchair in front of the television. The cause of death was recorded as coronary thrombosis. Hill’s body was buried at Hollybrook Cemetery near his birthplace in Southampton on 26 April 1992.
During the night of 4 October 1992, following speculation in the media that Hill had been buried with a large amount of gold and jewellery, grave robbers excavated the grave at Hollybrook Cemetery and broke open its coffin, the open grave’s condition being found by a passer-by the following morning. After a police examination of the scene, the coffin was reclosed and the grave filled back in by cemetery workers, and as a security measure, a 1-foot-thick concrete slab was placed over it.