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Marlon Brando’s Daughter Buried After Committing Suicide

April 19, 1995 GMT

PAPEETE, French Polynesia (AP) _ Actor Marlon Brando’s daughter Cheyenne was buried near her boyfriend Dag Drollet, whose death five years ago tormented her and may have led to her suicide.

Ms. Brando, 25, hanged herself Sunday at her mother’s home outside Papeete, the French Polynesian capital on the island of Tahiti.

Family associates, speaking on condition of anonymity, said she had been distraught since Drollet was shot by her half-brother, Christian Brando, in 1990. She had tried to kill herself at least once before.

Marlon Brando did not attend her funeral at a small Protestant church in the town of Faaa, or burial at the Roman Catholic Urania Cemetery near Papeete.

Ms. Brando was the daughter of Brando and Tarita Teriipaia, who were married after appearing together in the 1962 film ``Mutiny on the Bounty.″

Teriipaia, Ms. Brando’s half-brother, Miko Brando, and other relatives attended Tuesday’s funeral service, which was closed to the public. It was conducted in three languages _ French, English and Tahitian _ and by three ministers, including Jacques Ihorai, head of the Evangelical Church of French Polynesia.

Ms. Brando’s body was then taken to the cemetery, where it was interred in the Drollet family vault as 300 to 400 people watched.

Marlon Brando’s agent, Ed Limato, on Monday denied reports that Brando was hospitalized after receiving word of his daughter’s death. But Limato declined to disclose Brando’s whereabouts.

Ms. Brando was charged in French Polynesia with complicity in the killing of Drollet, who was shot dead on May 16, 1990, at her father’s Los Angeles home. The charges were later dropped.

Christian Brando pleaded guilty in Los Angeles County Superior Court to voluntary manslaughter and is serving a 10-year prison sentence. He claimed he shot Drollet in a struggle over a gun and said he was angry with Drollet for beating his sister, who was then pregnant.

Ms. Brando fled to Tahiti a month after Drollet’s death and gave birth to their child, a son named Tuki who is now 5. Authorities in Polynesia, a French territory, refused to force her to appear at her half-brother’s trial.

After trying to kill herself in November 1990 with anti-depressant drugs, Ms. Brando underwent treatment at a Papeete hospital and later at a clinic near Paris.

In a recent biography of her father, Ms. Brando was quoted as saying, ``I want to die because it isn’t possible that (Drollet) is no longer here. ... Never will I find another like him.″