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Former Wife Of Dick Smothers Dies

September 22, 1986 GMT

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Linda Smothers, former wife of comedian Dick Smothers, has died of injuries she received in a hit-and-run accident Sept. 9.

Smothers, 48, had been in coma since the accident, said Norman Greene, a spokesman for Mercy Hospital, where she died Friday. Her family requested that she be disconnected from life-support systems when she was ruled brain dead, Greene said.

Her family did not announce the death until Saturday because her former husband married socialite Lorraine M. Martin on Friday in Washington, D.C.

Smothers was hit by a car as she crossed a street in a marked crosswalk the day after she moved to San Diego from Los Angeles, police said. No arrests have been made.

Dick Smothers performs with his brother, Tom.