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Dennis Crosby, Son of Bing Crosby, a Suicide at 56

May 7, 1991 GMT

NOVATO, Calif. (AP) _ Dennis M. Crosby apparently shot himself to death, the second son of Bing Crosby to commit suicide, officials say. He was 56.

Crosby was found dead in his home late Saturday by his roommate, Sheriff’s Lt. William Donovan said Monday. He suffered an apparently self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head, Donovan said.

Dennis Crosby was one of four sons born to Bing Crosby and his first wife, Dixie Lee Crosby.

Lindsay Crosby, the youngest son, shot himself to death in 1989 in Southern California at age 51.

Bing Crosby’s eldest son, Gary, portrayed him in a 1983 book, ″Going My Own Way,″ as often cold and heartless. He said he grew up in a ″house of terror.″

Dennis’ twin brother, Philip, criticized Gary as ″crybaby,″ but Dennis said that Gary did get the severest treatment from their father.

Bing Crosby sold 300 million records and made 70 movies, winning an Oscar for ″Going My Way″ in 1944. He died in 1977.

Dennis Crosby had drinking problems early in life but had later embraced Alcoholics Anonymous, friends said. In later years, he worked in a production capacity for Bing Crosby Productions Inc., a film production company.

Regarded as the quietest of the four sons, Dennis Crosby joined his brothers in a nightclub act in the late 1950s and early ’60s. The Crosby Brothers appeared on the Ed Sullivan show and in other shows and clubs.

Reflecting on his short-lived entertainment career, Dennis Crosby said, ″I guess I wasn’t cut out to be an entertainer. I was always painfully self- conscious out there in the spotlight with my brothers.″

He was married twice and had five children.

Funeral arrangements were not immediately announced.