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Robert Blake, the Emmy award-winning performer who was tried and acquitted in the killing of his wife, has died on March 9 age 89. A statement released on behalf of his niece, Noreen Austin, said Blake died from heart disease, surrounded by family at home in Los Angeles.
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Robert Blake, the Emmy award-winning performer
who was tried and acquitted in the killing Of his wife, has died on March 9 age 89. A statement released on behalf of his niece,
Noreen Austin, said Blake died from heart Disease, surrounded by family at home in Los
Angeles. Blake’s career never recovered from the
long ordeal that began with the shooting death Of his wife Bonny Lee Bakley outside a Studio
City restaurant on 4 May 2001. He was adamant that he had not killed his
wife, and a jury ultimately acquitted him. But a civil jury would find him liable for
her death and order him to pay Bakley’s Family $30m, a judgment that sent him into
bankruptcy. Over the course of more than 60 years working
as a professional actor, Robert Blake amassed A number of memorable credits, including 1967's
"In Cold Blood" and David Lynch's 1997 film "Lost Highway," the actor's final screen credit. Blake won a 1975 Emmy for his portrayal of
Tony Baretta, although behind the scenes the Show was wracked by disputes involving the
temperamental star. He gained a reputation as one of Hollywood's
finest actors, but one of the most difficult To work with. He later admitted to struggles with alcohol
and drug addiction in his early life. Blake's career had slowed down well before
the trial. He made only a handful of screen appearances
after the mid-1980s; his last project was In David Lynch's Lost Highway, released in
1997. According to his niece, Blake had spent his
recent years "enjoying jazz music, playing His guitar, reading poetry, and watching many
Hollywood Classic films." Blake is survived by his three children: Rose,
Delinah and Noah.