Marlon Brando's son dies at 49 in Los Angeles

Sat Jan 26, 2008 7:43pm EST
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By Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Christian Brando, the eldest son of Hollywood icon Marlon Brando who made worldwide news in 1990 by shooting dead his sister's boyfriend, died on Saturday at the age of 49, his lawyer said.

Brando, son of the Oscar-winning screen star and Welsh actress Anna Kashfi, died early on Saturday of complications from pneumonia, attorney Bruce Margolin said.

He had been hospitalized at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center since January 11 with pneumonia and his ex-wife, Deborah, told People magazine in a story for their Web site that he had been comatose and on a respirator.

"His body was totally compromised," she said. "He'd lived so hard ... this is just so sad."

Representatives for Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center declined to comment.

Brando fatally shot Dag Drollet on May 16, 1990, after his sister Cheyenne told him that her 26-year-old boyfriend had been beating her.

His arrest and subsequent legal proceedings made international headlines, fueled by Marlon Brando's tearful plea for leniency on his eldest son's behalf in a Southern California courtroom.

Christian Brando pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, serving almost five years behind bars before he was released.   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>