DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Sonny Bono (aged 62)
American entertainer, musician and politician (Sonny & Cher)
Salvatore Phillip “Sonny” Bono (February 16, 1935 – January 5, 1998) was an American singer-songwriter, producer, actor, and politician who came to fame in partnership with his second wife Cher, as the popular singing duo Sonny & Cher. He was mayor of Palm Springs, California from 1988 to 1992, and the Republican congressman for California’s 44th district from 1995 until his death in 1998.
DEATH: Bono was killed January 5, 1998 when he hit a tree while skiing at Heavenly Mountain Resort near South Lake Tahoe, California. After Bono’s death, Mary Bono said that Sonny had been addicted to prescription drugs (mainly Vicodin and Valium) and that she believed her husband’s drug use caused the accident. However no drugs or alcohol were found in his body on autopsy.