(EDITOR'S NOTE: Was the death of John Belushi a political assassination like that of John Lennon?)
(March 21, 1982) When John Belushi died, there was much confusion in Los Angeles for the first week or so from the coroner's office and police officials concerning the cause of death. A week later, the headlines delivered a fait accompli - that he was always drunk, a slob, took drugs all the time. He had this expensive drug habit.
I didn't know John Belushi, but he was very successful, just as many rock musicians died at the peak of their success, at the crest when they were about to do better things. This death follows the same pattern.
He was about to make, with partners, two very important and highly political movies. One was to be called Blue Moon Over Miami, and it was to be directed by Louis Malle, the fellow who directed Atlantic City, nominated for an Academy Award - and also My Dinner with André; it's been suggested this was the best picture of the year.