Marshall Applewhite



Age: 65


Summary: co-founder and self-proclaimed leader of the religious U.F.O. cult Heaven's Gate whose group had only 39 members including 21 females, a former cowboy actor, and the younger brother of Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols, who had allegedly brainwashed all the members believing that UFOs would take their spirits to their mothership with the Hale-Bopp comet into Heaven if they would take their own lives in an apparent ritual of mass suicide.



Cause of Death: Suicide by massive drug and alcohol overdose


Born: May 17, 1931


Died: March 26, 1997


Location: Rancho Santa Fe, California