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Phil Hartman Death Story & Cause: His Wife Brynn Killed Him

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Phil Hartman was one of the greatest comedians to be a part of SNL, but his life was cut short in a truly tragic event. With their two children in the house, on May 28, 1998, Hartman’s wife, Brynn, shot and killed him while he was sleeping in their home, according to the LA Times. The murder occurred in Encino, Los Angeles and Brynn turned the gun on herself after the killing.


Brynn Hartman’s Suicide

When police arrived on the scene of the murder, after responding to a call of shots heard, they found the couple’s then-9-year-old son, Sean, running out the front door of the home. As the police also helped their 6-year-old daughter, Birgen, get to a safe place, a shot was heard from inside. The LA Times reported that this was Brynn committing suicide in her bedroom, where her husband was slain.


Phil Hartman’s Crime Scene

Police said there were no signs of a struggle when they examined the murder scene. Hartmann was wearing boxer shorts and a t-shirt, while lying on his side, in a bed full of his blood. His wife was found lying on her back, in a two-piece pajama set.


Phil Hartman’s Death Reason

What could cause Phil Hartman’s wife to murder him in his sleep and then kill herself? Many people have had their theories. An attorney for Hartman, Steve Small, told The LA Times, “She had trouble controlling her anger … She got attention by losing her temper. Phil said he had to . . . restrain her at times.”

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