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'Fantasy Island' Star Hervé Villechaize Made Recording Of His Own Suicide

‘Fantasy Island’ Actor Hervé Villechaize Recorded Suicide
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Oct. 31 2018, Updated 1:46 p.m. ET

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Fantasy Island actor Hervé Villechaize made a twisted recording of his own suicide, chillingly documenting his last haunted moments.

Villechaize made sure his girlfriend Kathy Self was at his home before disconnecting the phones, hiding the gate keys and sneaking outside in the early morning to pump a bullet into his chest.

He then squeezed off two more shots.

Self, now 62, exclusively told how she found 50-year-old Villechaize alive — but bleeding heavily.

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"He was in pain, but he was still talking," she recalled.

Self located a working portable phone and dialed 911 — but by the time help arrived, the 3-foot-11 star was dead.

Shockingly, Villechaize left behind an audio recording of the ordeal that captured the Fantasy Island star's final words.

"There was a tape recorder in a potted plant right next to where he fired," Self noted.

"He said, 'Well, I just have to do this, and everything will be fine. Kathy, it's not your fault, so don't worry. I love you. OK, I just need to pull this little trigger,'" she continued of Villechaize's last moments. "Then it goes pop. And he says, 'Whoa, well, I guess I just have to wait.' "


Villechaize's last days have been in the spotlight recently, thanks to the HBO movie My Dinner with Hervé, starring Jamie Dornan and Peter Dinklage, inspired by an interview with the French-born star before his September 1993 death.

But Villechaize's tragic end didn't surprise Self, who said, "His breathing was bad. It was hard for him to move his arms. I had to bathe him and help him dress. He thought of himself as a proud Mustang stallion. But he was now a carousel pony who had to be helped."

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