26.09.2020

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‘KILLER’ DEAD

Cathy Smith dead – Singer who injected John Belushi with fatal overdose dies at 73. “Убийца”

Кэти Смит мертва – Певица, которая ввела Джону Белуши смертельную передозировку, умирает в 73 года.

CATHY Smith, the singer who injected John Belushi with a fatal drug overdose in 1982, has died at 73.

Smith was the former girlfriend of singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot and supposedly inspired his hit song “Sundown.”

Smith died on August 18
Smith died on August 18 Credit: Getty Images – Getty
She admitted to giving Belushi a 'speedball' of heroin and cocaine
She admitted to giving Belushi a ‘speedball’ of heroin and cocaine Credit: Getty – Contributor

A resident of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, she died on August 18, reported the Globe and Mail.

Smith fatefully met up with Belushi at the Chateau Marmont on March 5, 1982.

The group that day included Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, noted the Chicago Sun Times.

Belushi died of an accidental overdose of heroin and cocaine.

Smith was arrested for second-degree murder.

Smith, then 37, escorted by Los Angeles Detective Sergeant Gerry Stephens at Pearson International Airport in 1982
Smith, then 37, escorted by Los Angeles Detective Sergeant Gerry Stephens at Pearson International Airport in 1982 Credit: Getty Images – Getty
News media and police stand outside the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood after the death of comedian John Belushi, March 5, 1982
News media and police stand outside the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood after the death of comedian John Belushi, March 5, 1982 Credit: AP:Associated Press

Smith confessed to injecting Belushi with the heroin and cocaine “speedball” that caused the 33-year-old’s death.

She admitted to the National Enquirer that she injected him before leaving his bungalow.

“I killed John Belushi,” she said. “I didn’t mean to, but I am responsible.”

She pleaded no contest in 1986 to involuntary manslaughter and several drug charges.

Smith served a 15-month prison sentence at California Institution for Women.

Smith when she was served 18 months for supplying John Belushi with drugs
Smith when she was served 18 months for supplying John Belushi with drug sCredit: Getty Images – Getty
John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd / The blues Brothers / 1980 directed by John Landis
John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd / The blues Brothers / 1980 directed by John Landis Credit: Alamy

She was deported to her native Canada upon her release and became a legal secretary in Toronto.

Before Belushi’s highly publicized death, Smith was well known on the rock scene for singing backup for Levon Helm, Rick Danko and Richard Manuel from The Band.

In the early seventies, Smith then because Lightfoot’s lover and muse, Deadline noted.

He wrote “Sundown” (1974) about their tumultuous and often violent affair.

“Sundown you better take care/If I find you been creepin’ ’round my back stairs,” the lyrics say.

HIs Sundown LP reached No. 1 in the US and Smith did back up vocals for the song “High and Dry.”

Although the singer was blasted for her role in Belushi’s death, Lightfoot remained loyal.

“Cathy was a great lady,” he told The Globe and Mail. “Men were drawn to her, and she used to make me jealous.

“But I don’t have a bad thing to say about her.”

Gordon Lightfoot and Cathy Smith, backstage at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver on Oct. 21, 2017.
Lesley St. Nicholas
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