Cathy Evelyn Smith, who admitted to serving John Belushi the drugs that killed him, has died. Smith passed at the age of 73.
Smith, who served time for her role in the overdose death of the comedian, died on Aug. 18, according to The Globe and Mail. She reportedly lived in Maple Ridge, British Columbia.
John Belushi died on March 5, 1982, of an accidental overdose of heroin and cocaine. Smith served him the concoction of the drugs called a “speedball.”
Smith, a backup singer and ex-girlfriend of musician Gordon Lightfoot, partied with Belushi at West Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont in Belushi’s last days. They were part of a small crowd that regularly hung out together. Hollywood stars Robin Williams and Robert De Niro also reportedly belonged to the group as well.
Later in 1982, Smith confessed to killing Belushi. She injected him with the drugs before leaving the Animal House actor’s bungalow home. “I killed John Belushi,” she told the National Enquirer. “I didn’t mean to, but I am responsible.”
Cathy Evelyn Smith Serves Time After Confessing to Belushi’s Murder
Authorities subsequently arrested Smith on second-degree murder charges. However, she plea-bargained down to lesser charges. She served a 15-month prison sentence in Chino, California on an involuntary manslaughter charge.
Gordon Lightfoot, a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist, reportedly wrote “Sundown” about Smith. They lived together for four years in the early ’70s.
Lightfoot spoke out about her death this week. “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.”
Belushi grew up in Wheaton, Illinois. His illustrious career in comedy included star roles in hit films National Lampoon’s Animal House and The Blues Brothers. Furthermore, Belushi was an original cast member on Saturday Night Live.
[H/T Chicago Sun Times]