Good looks, cool name, famous father — and a one-way ticket to oblivion.
Cheyenne Brando, the daughter of Marlon Brando, hanged herself on April 16, 1995. She was 25.
The daughter of Brando’s third wife, a Tahitian actress, Cheyenne was in awe of her father during her childhood but grew to hate him for abandoning her. Working as a Tahitian model, she got into drugs and it spiraled out of control.
In 1989, she was seriously injured when she crashed her Jeep and needed plastic surgery, ending her modeling career. She sunk into a deep and suicidal depression.
Cheyenne was dating Dag Drollet, the son of a member of the French Polynesian Assembly, but the relationship ended when she accused him of physical abuse. Her half-brother, Marlon’s son Christian, came to her rescue. In 1990 he shot Drollet dead.
By then Cheyenne had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and the court refused to admit her testimony at Christian’s trial. She ended her troubled life by hanging herself in her mother’s house in Tahiti.
In a plea deal, Christian Brando was sentenced to seven years for manslaughter and released after serving five. He died of aids-related pneumonia in 2008 at the age of 49.