UPDATE: Various media reports indicate that Ely’s 62-year-old wife, Valerie Lundeen Ely, was stabbed to death by her 30-year-old son Cameron who was subsequently shot to death by responding Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies.
There’s a lot that still isn’t known about this situation, but according to ksby.com . . .
Officers responded to a report of a family disturbance at the home of actor Ron Ely on the 4100 block of Mariposa in Hope Ranch after 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Police say an elderly female was found dead upon officer arrival.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office ordered a neighborhood lock-down within a one-mile radius of the home.
Deputies found the suspect after a search of the property.
Police say the suspect presented a threat and deputies opened fire, killing the suspect.
As the AP reports . . .
The 81-year-old Ely played the title character on the NBC series “Tarzan,” which ran from 1966 to 1968.
The tall, musclebound Ely was not quite as well-known as Johnny Weismuller, the Olympic swimmer who played the role in movies in the 1930s and 40s, but formed the image of the shirtless, loincloth-wearing character remembered by many in the baby-boom generation. Tarzan was a fictional character raised in the African jungle.
Ely also played the title character in the 1975 action film “Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze,” but otherwise had mostly small roles in TV and films including the 1958 movie musical “South Pacific.”
Ely was host of the Miss America pageant in 1980 and 1981 and married a former Miss Florida, Valerie Lundeen, with whom he had three children.