On This Day…..

Freddie Prinze Suicide…..

January 29, 1977…..

Twenty-two-year-old actor Freddie Prinze dies after a self-inflicted gunshot wound the previous day.
Prinze is best known for his role as Chico in TV’s Chico and the Man (1974-78), with his catch phrase, “Looking good!” Prinze suffered from depression and was going through a divorce when he called family and friends to tell them he was going to commit suicide. His business manager came over to help the distraught Prinze, but while he was there Prinze put a gun to his head and shot himself. He was rushed to the hospital, but died the following day. A presumed suicide note was found, stating “I can’t go on”. His death was initially ruled a suicide. However, in 1983 his mother filed a civil suit and the jury ruled that his death was medication induced and accidental, enabling the family to receive a significant life insurance settlement. Just months before his death, Prinze had signed a five-year deal with NBC worth $6 million.