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Son of Crooner Apparently Kills Self, Just Learned He Was Broke

December 13, 1989 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Crooner Bing Crosby’s son Lindsay was battling alcoholism and depression when he found out his inheritance had run out, and that pushed him over the edge to suicide, a family spokeswoman said.

His body, bearing a gunshot wound to the head, was found Monday at his condominium in Calabasas where he was being treated for his drinking problem, said Marilyn Reiss.

An autopsy to officially determine the cause of death was scheduled for today, said Bob Dambacher, spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner.

Lindsay, 51, was the youngest of four sons born to Crosby, the legendary singer of ″White Christmas,″ and Dixie Lee Crosby.

The elder Crosby, who also starred with Bob Hope in a series of popular ″Road″ pictures, died of a heart attack at age 73 in 1977. Mrs. Crosby died of cancer in 1952.

Bing Crosby married actress Kathryn Grant in 1957 and they had two boys and a girl.

Ms. Reiss, a longtime friend and publicist for Lindsay’s brother Gary Crosby, said the Crosby brothers were informed on Nov. 30 that their inheritance wasn’t making money anymore. It was planned by their mother 45 years ago and was based on investments in crude oil.

The inheritance provided a regular income for the brothers, including twins Dennis and Phillip.

″It was not humongous but it certainly allowed all four boys to live comfortably,″ Ms. Reiss said.

″Gary said to me that Lindsay’s problem is that he is too good and that he is a sweet, kind, gentle guy, and maybe he should have been meaner because maybe he could have taken this blow,″ Ms. Reiss said.

Lindsay Crosby was married three times. His first marriage was to dancer Barbara Frederickson. He also wed secretary Janey Schwartz before marrying former Miss Alaska Susan Marlin.

His famous father was long known as one of America’s pre-eminent family men, but Gary Crosby’s 1983 book, ″Going My Own Way,″ portrayed the elder Crosby as a less-than-perfect parent who was a stern disciplinarian.

Lindsay Crosby supported his brother at the time of its publication but had a tempered view of its revelations.

″I never expected affection from my father so it didn’t bother me,″ he once told an interviewer.