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9 items from 2006


Penn Clears Up Reports About Brother Chris' Death

15 September 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Reclusive movie star Sean Penn has agreed to a sit down interview with CNN talk show host Larry King to talk frankly about his brother Chris' death. Actor Chris Penn died under mysterious circumstances, and was later diagnosed with an enlarged heart in January, leaving many to suggest the Reservoir Dogs star had been dabbling with drugs. But, keen to clear up the rumors, Penn spoke about his brother's passing on a taped segment for Larry King Live. The Oscar winner says, "The problem was weight... He'd certainly been a fantastically self-abusing guy over periods of his life but that wasn't the case it the end. It was a natural death." The rare Sean Penn interview, in which he also chats about working with Sir Anthony Hopkins in new film All The Kings Men, will air in the US later today. »

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Penn Intoxicated Before Death

27 February 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

A toxicology report has shown late actor Chris Penn was highly intoxicated with a combination of substances including marijuana and morphine at the time of his death last month. The Reservoir Dogs star's official cause of death was an enlarged heart, which weighed over 1.54 pounds, and would have been exacerbated by the cocktail of drugs in his system. Besides marijuana and morphine, Penn's system also contained Valium, codeine and an antihistamine. The 40-year-old brother of Sean Penn, weighed over 20 stone (280 pounds) at the time of his death and had a history of drug abuse. He was found dead in his Santa Monica, California, apartment on 24 January. »

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Chris Penn Died of Enlarged Heart

14 February 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Reservoir Dogs actor Chris Penn died accidentally from an enlarged heart and the effects of a combination of various medications, according to autopsy and toxicology tests. The Los Angeles coroner's office released a statement late Monday, confirming the reasons behind the shock death of Sean Penn's younger brother in his Santa Monica, California, apartment on January 24. The tests labeled the primary causes of death as "nonspecific cardiomyopathy" (an oversized heart) with the "effects of multiple medication intake." Chief coroner investigator Craig Harvey says, "There is absolutely no indication that this is anything but an accident. We know he had several prescriptions, including promethazine with codeine, which featured predominantly in his death. We don't know how much he ingested or when. There are a lot of 'what ifs' to be factored in." Chris, 40, starred in hit films Rush Hour, Starsky & Hutch, True Romance and The Funeral, for which he won the Volpi Cup at the 1996 Venice Film Festival. »

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Police Investigate Claims Ruffalo Beat Up Photographer

7 February 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Police officials in Culver City, Los Angeles are investigating allegations that actor Mark Ruffalo assaulted a paparazzo at pal Chris Penn's funeral on Saturday. Ruffalo and Penn's brother Sean Penn were allegedly involved in an altercation with a photographer outside the Holy Cross Cemetery & Mortuary. Ruffalo allegedly seized the photographer's video card out of his camera and refused to give it back. The Just Like Heaven star was the subject of a criminal complaint filed by the snapper after the funeral. An official in the Culver City Police Department tells entertainment news website Tmz.com that his department has taken note that the photographer was on private property without permission. »

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Photographer Fracas at Penn Funeral

6 February 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sean Penn and his All The King's Men co-star Mark Ruffalo were reportedly involved in a fracas with a photographer at the funeral of the Oscar-winner's brother Chris Penn on Saturday. Sean, 45, and Ruffalo, 38, were amongst family and friends paying tribute to the 40-year-old Reservoir Dogs star, who was found dead in his Santa Monica, California, apartment on January 24, at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California. The New York Daily News reported Sean was furious to see a paparazzo interrupting his family's grieving and his anger propelled Ruffalo to snatch the memory card from the snapper's digital camera. News site Tmz.com reports an unnamed photographer lodged a criminal complaint against Ruffalo at Culver City Police Department on Saturday afternoon. A spokeswoman for Sean said she wasn't aware of any altercation, saying, "The Penn family, with the loving support of family and longtime friends, buried their youngest son and brother, Chris, today at a private service. I have no knowledge of an incident and have no intention of disturbing the family at this time." During the funeral, Sean read a eulogy to his late brother, saying, "I had a little brother. And for any brother who goes over to the other side with our father, into the cosmos, I will follow if they let me." Also in attendance at the funeral was Sean's actress wife Robin Wright Penn, Jack Nicholson, James Gandolfini, Charlie Sheen, Tim Robbins, Tom Sizemore and Robert Downey, Jr. »

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Ryder Pays Tribute to Penn

27 January 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Winona Ryder has paid tribute to actor Chris Penn, her co-star in new movie The Darwin Awards, whose body was found on Tuesday. The 40-year-old was found dead in his Santa Monica, California, apartment by a housekeeper. Coroners have yet to determine a definite cause of death, but suspect he died of natural causes, related to his size and history of drug abuse. Speaking at a screening of The Darwin Awards at the Sundance Film Festival last night, Ryder said, "I really hope people go back and watch his movies. He was such a fantastic actor. He's not just Sean's little brother. He was Chris Penn." Director Finn Taylor added that Penn "gave an incredible performance in the film that's going to make a lot of people laugh for a years to come." »

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Penn Died "Natural Death"

26 January 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

American actor Chris Penn died of what appear to be natural causes, according to the Los Angeles County Coroners Office - though the exact cause of death is still yet to be determined. The younger brother of Oscar-winner Sean Penn was found dead at his Santa Monica, California, condominium on Tuesday. Morticians carried out an autopsy yesterday and found no signs of foul play, although they are yet to determine the exact cause of death. Spokesperson Lieutenant Cheryl MacWillie says, "It appears to be a natural death." Examiners are believed to have linked Penn's weight to his baffling death - he weighed more than 270 pounds - and standard toxicology tests have been ordered. Santa Monica Police Department spokesman Lieutenant Frank Fabrega has confirmed there will be no homicide investigation. »

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Chris Penn: 1965-2006

25 January 2006 | IMDb News

Actor Chris Penn, brother of Sean Penn and star of such films as Reservoir Dogs and Mulholland Falls, was found dead Tuesday at a condominium in Santa Monica; he was 40. Few details were released surrounding Penn's death late Tuesday afternoon, though sources reported there were no signs of foul play, and an autopsy was to be conducted to determine the cause of death. A spokesperson for the Penn family confirmed the actor's passing and released a statement saying that Penn's family "would appreciate the media's respect of their privacy during this difficult time." The son of director Leo Penn and actress Eileen Ryan, Penn was the younger brother of Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn and musician Michael Penn, and began his acting career in the early 80s, appearing in such films as Rumble Fish, All the Right Moves, and Footloose; he appeared alongside his brother in the 1986 film At Close Range. Penn went on to specialize in working-class character roles, achieving fame for his portrayal of Nice Guy Eddie Cabot in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs as well as such films as Short Cuts, The Funeral (for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination), and Mulholland Falls. Most recently, he appeared in the film version of Starsky & Hutch as well as episodes of TV series Entourage and Everwood, and his latest film, The Darwin Awards, was slated for a premiere Wednesday night at the Sundance Film Festival. --Prepared by IMDb Staff »

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Chris Penn: 1962-2006

24 January 2006 | IMDb News

Actor Chris Penn, brother of Sean Penn and star of such films as Reservoir Dogs and Mulholland Falls, was found dead Tuesday at a condominium in Santa Monica; he was 43. Few details were released surrounding Penn's death late Tuesday afternoon, though sources reported there were no signs of foul play, and an autopsy was to be conducted to determine the cause of death. A spokesperson for the Penn family confirmed the actor's passing and released a statement saying that Penn's family "would appreciate the media's respect of their privacy during this difficult time." The son of director Leo Penn and actress Eileen Ryan, Penn was the younger brother of Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn and musician Michael Penn, and began his acting career in the early 80s, appearing in such films as Rumble Fish, All the Right Moves, and Footloose; he appeared alongside his brother in the 1986 film At Close Range. Penn went on to specialize in working-class character roles, achieving fame for his portrayal of Nice Guy Eddie Cabot in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs as well as such films as Short Cuts and Mulholland Falls. Most recently, he appeared in episodes of TV series Entourage and Everwood, and his latest film, The Darwin Awards, was slated for a premiere Wednesday night at the Sundance Film Festival. --Prepared by IMDb Staff »

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