Dukes of Hazard star, Catherine Bach‘s husband, Peter Lopez was found dead Friday morning by his house, apparently from a self-inflicted gun shot wound.
Friends and family of the entertainment lawyer are, not surprisingly, reeling from the news – saying that he showed no outward signs of depression, and trying to fathom what would tip him over the edge to the degree where he would choose to take his own life.
RadarOnline.com spoke exclusively with Lopez’s mother, Eleanor, who told us, “I just can’t believe it. Catherine called me just now, she said, ‘Peter is dead.’
“Catherine said to me, ‘Peter’s not here anymore, he shot himself.’ I can’t believe it.
“I just can’t believe it, I spoke to him just last night and he seemed fine. I’ve been in and out of the hospital lately and he has been calling me every night to check on me and make sure I’m OK.
“He never said anything about feeling depressed or anything, I just don’t understand this at all.
“He may have had some business problems, he’s been going in and out for years with this business of his and, you know, enjoying his work, so why would he do this?
“He liked his work and I used to tell him about programs that I’ve seen of some of his clients. This is not right.
“Catherine is falling apart. I don’t blame her. She’s in shock.
“She says he went up a hill up there. You go up and there’s a platform and you can see the Valley, you know, from the house up there in the backyard. There’s like a viewing spot up there. She says he went up there and he shot himself. I cannot believe it, you know.
“Catherine wasn’t there when it happened, she said she came back she couldn’t find him and he was up there on the hill.
“I feel so bad for his girls you know. They loved him so much. They were at school when it happened. Catherine went to go and get them. I just can’t believe this.”
John Schneider, who played Bo Duke on the hit 80′s show, rushed to his co-star’s side as soon as he heard the news. In an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com he echoed Lopez’s mom’s disbelief at the tragedy.
“I saw him only 3 weeks ago, and he seemed fine,” Schneider said. “Never underestimate the hard times that we are in, especially if you are a parent.
“I really want to go home and hug my wife and kids.”
Neighbors are just as shocked, Mitchell Litt who lives nearby and is friends with the couple tells RadarOnline.com, “There were no signs at all of him being depressed, it is very sad, just very very tragic.
“They are both great people, both Catherine and Peter and this is just very very sad, that’s all I can really say.”"