Melrose Place and Fame star Morgan Stevens’ explanation for demise has been formally launched. Stevens died on Jan. 26 on the age of 70. Deadline experiences that his explanation for demise was coronary heart illness, or hardening of the arteries. His physique was found by police after a wellness examine. The LA Coroner’s workplace disclosed his explanation for demise.
Stevens starred as Paul Northridge in The Waltons. He additionally performed within the present’s three reunion motion pictures. His massive break got here with Fame in 1982 within the function of David Reardon. Stevens later appeared on Melrose Place. His different notable credit embrace Airwolf, Walker, and Texas Ranger.
In 1989, Stevens was arrested by the LAPD on suspicion of DUI. Whereas in custody, he was severely overwhelmed by police. His DUI cost was later dropped after a blood alcohol take a look at revealed that he was not underneath the affect. Per Stevens, the officer who arrested him mistakenly assumed he was drunk as a result of he had simply taken a prescription ache reliever for a nasty again which impaired his speech and judgment. He sued the LAPD for the best way he was handled whereas in custody.
In keeping with a 1991 LA Times report, Stevens sought $10 million from the beating. The case was settled for an undisclosed quantity. The actor was completely satisfied to return to regular life.
“Let’s simply say I am glad that is behind me and I am wanting ahead now to resuming my life and profession,” Stevens mentioned on the time. His attorneys mentioned the LAPD did not need to threat the publicity of a trial following the Rodney G. King case. “There is no query the King case entered into the equation,” Stevens’ legal professional Jeffrey M. Galen advised the LA Occasions.
Stevens was open about how the incident affected his work. “I imply this occurred simply after ‘A Yr within the Life’ when individuals have been actually leaving scripts on my doorstep,” he mentioned. He was unable to work consequently and needed to refinance his dwelling in Sherman Oaks.