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    his Dec. 28, 1987 file photo shows former “Tarzan” actor Ron Ely during an interview in Los Angeles. A woman was killed at Ely's Southern California home and sheriff’s deputies fatally shot a suspect on the property, authorities said Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. A Santa Barbara County sheriff’s office statement does not identify any of those involved but notes that a disabled elderly man living at the home was taken to a hospital for evaluation. The deaths occurred Tuesday night in Hope Ranch, a suburb of luxury homes outside Santa Barbara.

    ‘Tarzan’ Star Ron Ely's Wife Stabbed to Death by Their Son

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    The wife of Ron Ely, star of the 1960s Tarzan TV series, was stabbed to death by their son at their California home on Tuesday evening, according to the police.

    Officers called to the Santa Barbara house in the luxury suburb of Hope Ranch found Valerie Lundeen Ely, 62, dead with "multiple stab wounds", the BBC reported. Cameron Ely, 30, was cornered by the police outside the home. The officers deemed him a threat and shot him dead.

    There was no report of 81-year-old Ely being injured during the attack, however, the sheriff's office said a disabled elderly man in the home was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

    "Deputies searched the residence and surrounding area for Cameron Ely. During the search, the suspect was located outside the home. He posed a threat and in response four deputies fired their service weapons at the suspect, fatally wounding him," the latest Santa Barbara County sheriff's statement reads.

    Ron Ely is best known for his role as Tarzan, a fictional character raised by apes in the African jungle from a TV show that aired on NBC between 1966-68 and was based on a 1914 book by Edgar Rice Burroughs.


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