by Ryan LaBee
March 10, 2023
Robert Blake is an Emmy award-winning actor perhaps best known to some as playing a television detective in the 1970s’ popular show Baretta. To others he was known as the man accused of, and ultimately acquitted, for murdering his wife outside of a restaurant. It’s now been revealed that Blake has died at the age of 89. According to the Associated Press reporting and a statement released on behalf of his niece, Noreen Austin, Blake died from heart disease, surrounded by family at his Los Angeles home.
Though considered at one time to be one of the greatest actors of his generation, he became perhaps better known for being the focal point of the grizzly and bizarre 2001 murder of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. While the actor was ultimately acquitted of the murder of his second wife, a civil jury later found him liable for her death and ordered him to pay her family $30 million.
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