March 16, 1974 is Paige’s 30th birthday.
April 7th 1974 is a Palm Sunday.
In her garage apartment in Westwood, Paige Young commits suicide with a gunshot to her head.
Below is the account neighbor Melanie gave to reporter Ryan Parry of the Daily Mail.
During the weeks and months leading up to her suicide, Paige confided in Melanie that she was fearful of a “sex tape” that “a relative of a major celebrity had made of her.”
“She was terrified of it coming out, in that day you knew your career was going to be over once it got ‘round.”
“For weeks all she could think about was getting hold of that tape, she thought it was going to ruin her.”Melanie
“Paige had the whole thing planned down to the last detail… It was Palm Sunday and she came to tell me she was going to kill herself. She stayed in the back of the house where we (B.J.) lived and I was at the bathroom window. She comes up to the window and calls out to me “I want to show you something.” I couldn’t be bothered by any more of her drama. But she was like, “No, you’ve gotta come and see it.” So I go to her apartment and she gave me a guided tour …of her suicide scene in her bedroom….It was chilling..there was a large American flag draped across her bed and there was a pentagram laid out on the wooden floor…I remember her showing me around it because it was somehow important, but I didn’t know what it meant.”
But it was the bedroom was that shocked Myers the most.
“It was covered floor to ceiling with photos of Hugh Hefner, there were news clippings, magazine articles, everything you could think of. Written across it was something like “Hugh Hefner is the devil.” The whole wall was a shrine saying, ‘I hate Hugh Hefner,’ the crux of her anger was against him. That was the message she wanted to get across to me. She was pointing up at things, showing me around it. She’s put a lot of work into this, it must have taken her days.
Myers said that Young then calmly explained that she planned to kill herself.
She produced a gun and put it into her mouth…lay back on her bed and said, ‘this is how I’m going to do it.’
“It was chilling. We were friends but not the best of friends, I was always bitching about her and her dog, so I was scared. I thought maybe she could shoot me, you know, take me with her, it was all so weird. I thought, I’ve got to get out of here.”
“Myers quickly retreated to her apartment and called the police. LAPD officers arrived soon afterwards and cordoned of the whole of Eastbourne Ave.”
Myers said, “The cops didn’t want to go in her apartment first, so they asked me to go check on her, so I did.”
“I walked into her apartment and they were behind me. I walked into her bedroom and she was lying dead on the bed. She had shot herself in the head as she told me she would. There was a huge mass of blood, her whole bed was soaked red, it was shocking. But she looked happy and very peaceful, she didn’t look in distress.”
“The cops had Paige’s suicide note and read some of it to me…the whole thing was about her anger towards the men who she believed had chewed her up and spat her out. The two men who got the most attention were Hugh Hefner and the director John Huston. I know she dated Huston for a while and had just gotten back from a trip to Ireland with him.”
Paige expressed anger to other Hollywood stars who had used her.
“I believe Paige was making a huge statement in a bid to get at the elite of Hollywood…She thought the story of her death would spark a big scandal, but it didn’t. Sadly no one cared.”
Source: Daily Mail online dated December 2014. Reporter Ryan Parry.
More on the Daily Mail in the next posts/chapters.
Below is the copy of the death certificate I obtained. A partial autopsy report copy is included in the Daily Mail story, but not the death certificate.
Reporter Ryan Parry of the Daily Mail discovered that Paige did not die of a drug overdose as is stated in “The Playmate Book” and several websites, but actually committed suicide from a gunshot wound to the head, per an autopsy report and death certificate.
It’s not known how the false story of Paige overdosing on drugs started to be written and repeated on the internet so much that it became the “official” means of suicide.
Is the Playmate Book the original source?
Paige’s suicide appears to have never been reported in the Los Angeles media, in 1974 or since.
I haven’t found any death, obituary or memorial announcement.
In the time since Parry’s article was published no one else has (so far) spoken publicly about knowing or having met Paige Young. No one has come forward publicly to shed any more light on what could have driven or influenced her to take her own life, or even anyone that says they knew her at one time.
And what about the alleged sex tape? Was Hugh Hefner or those close to him involved somehow?
It is well known that Hugh Hefner was into audio and video gadgets. He collected home video and film cameras and cutting edge stereo equipment before they were available to the mass consumer.
In the early decades of the magazine, Playboy often featured a”bachelor pad” decked out with the finest stereo equipment, sure to impress the ladies, like a new T-bird or Cadillac might.
There are accounts of Hugh Hefner’s Holmby Hills mansion being equipped with video/film cameras and recordings of many sexual encounters over decades. Allegedly plenty of tapes feature celebrities. Hefner ordered them disposed of before his death to avoid them getting into the wrong hands.
There are stories of sex tapes going back to the Chicago Playboy mansion days : one of them clandestinely retrieved by an ex- girlfriend of Hefner. (Found in the book “Bunny” by Russell Miller.)
April 9, 1974 Price-Daniel Mortuary handles Paige’s death services. Her cremation takes place at Roosevelt Memorial Park in Gardena. Burial of her ashes to take place at sea near Santa Monica shoreline. See documents below.
Mother Donna Holroyd gives permission with a shaky signature as “Donna Cotterell.”
Showing Paige’s garage apartment. Melanie and BJ lived in the duplex in front. All 3 shared the backyard and a landlord. I’ve learned that Paige had numerous plants up and down the staircase.