Marlon Brando's son dies at 49 in L.A.: reports

Sat Jan 26, 2008 5:32pm EST
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By Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Christian Brando, the troubled eldest son of Hollywood icon Marlon Brando, has died at the age of 49, media reports said on Saturday.

The New York Post and People magazine both reported on their Web sites that Brando, son of the late screen star and Welsh actress Anna Kashfi, had died of complications from pneumonia.

"His body was totally compromised," Brando's ex-wife, Deborah, told People. "He'd lived so hard ... this is just so sad."

Representatives for Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, where Brando was admitted on January 11, declined comment. Friends of the family could not immediately be reached for comment by Reuters.

People reported that he had been in a coma and on a ventilator.

Brando made worldwide headlines in 1990 when he pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter after shooting to death his half-sister Cheyenne's boyfriend, Dag Drollet, a crime for which he served five years in prison.

Cheyenne committed suicide in 1995 at the age of 25.

Brando also figured in the murder trial of actor Robert Blake, who was acquitted in the shooting death of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, in 2001.   Continued...

<p>Defendant Christian Brando, son of late actor Marlon Brando, is shown after being sentenced to ten years in prison for the murder of his sister's boyfriend Dag Drollet in Santa Monica, California in this February 28, 1991 file photo. Brando has died according to U.S. media reports on January 26, 2008. REUTERS/Pool/Files</p>