On Tuesday, Ron Ely’s wife was stabbed to death by their son at their residence in California, said police. Ron Ely was the popular star of the 1960s ‘Tarzan’ TV Series.
Police officers called to the Santa Barbara residence found 62-year-old Valerie Lundeen Ely died with “multiple stab wounds”.
Authorities informed that police capture Cameron Ely, 30, outside their residence, counted him a threat and shot him dead.
However, no were no immediate report of 81-year-old Ron Ely being wounded during the attack on the luxury outskirts of Hope Ranch.
Earlier the Sheriff’s Office informed that a disabled elderly man was alleged in the house was lifted to a hospital for examination.
The latest Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s statement reads, “Deputies searched the residence and surrounding area for Cameron Ely.”
It continued that “during the search, the suspect was located outside the home.”
“He posed a threat and in response four deputies fired their service weapons at the suspect, fatally wounding him,” it added.
Ron Ely was popular for his role in Tarzan TV Series aired on NBC between 1966 to 68.
Tarzan was basically a fictional character, who was raised by apes in the African Jungle, from a 1914 Book by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
He also played the lead role in 1975 film – “Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze”. Mrs. Ely was a former Miss Florida.
The couple also has two daughters – Kirsten and Kaitland.
According to local sources, Cameron Ely has attended the elite Philips Exeter Academy boarding school in New Hampshire, before he went to Harvard University.
Mr. Ely took a break from showbiz on 2001-14 before he came back to the small screen to play an Amish elder in the Lifetime movie “Expecting Amish”.
The popular actor told the Charlotte Observer when the movie came out that “I stepped out of acting to raise a family and be able to spend more time with them here in Santa Barbara.”
“Now, all the kids are through college with advanced degrees,” he added.
Ron Ely was also a novelist, penning two action thrillers, 1994 Night Shadows, and 1995 East Beach.