Actor Pete Duel, star of the BBC 2 Western series Alias Smith and Jones, was found shot dead yesterday. Duel, a 31-year-old bachelor, who lived in Hollywood, played Hannibal Hayes, alias Smith, in the series.
Last night police were trying to determine if the shot was deliberate or accidental. Duel's girlfriend, Diana Ray, told police that he had been depressed recently. She said he had called her into a room in his Hollywood home and, as she ran in, he put a revolver to his head and pulled the trigger. Earlier in the evening, they had watched Alias Smith and Jones on TV.
A close friend and neighbour of Duel's
said yesterday: 'He was a tremendously likeable fellow. He
liked to go off camping in the mountains. He told me he hated
the thought of having to work on New Year's Eve.'
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