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Q: Actor "Roland E. Harrah III" How Did He Die ?? ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: Actor "Roland E. Harrah III" How Did He Die ??
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Celebrities
Asked by: grayresearch-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 27 Jul 2004 17:36 PDT
Expires: 26 Aug 2004 17:36 PDT
Question ID: 379992
"Roland E Harrah III" was born January 20th, 1973 and died on January
03rd, 1995.  His multi episode guest role on "Airwolf" in Season 3 as
Le Van Hawke, and Col. James Braddock's son in "Braddock: Missing In
Action III", is what Roland was best known for.  HOW SPECIFICALLY DID
HE DIE???????

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 27 Jul 2004 17:54 PDT
Mr. Harrah's obituary notes that "The family declines to disclose the
cause of death..."

I don't think there's information to be had beyond that about the
circumstances of his passing.

Is there anything else about Roland Harrah's life or career that would
be of interest to you as an answer to your question?


Request for Question Clarification by mother911-ga on 27 Jul 2004 18:01 PDT
Hi Grayresearch-ga,

Unfortunately, this young man's life was cut short, just 21 years of
age when he passed. Appearently by decision of his family, the records
surrounding his death have been sealed.

According to
SinJin Hawke wrote:
"But the reason no one knows this is that the records were sealed for
some reason. I know Mark Cairns once stated the family decided not to
disclose the reasons for his death. So to this day, it is unknown the
reason's of his death"


Clarification of Question by grayresearch-ga on 27 Jul 2004 19:03 PDT
Well my problem with all this would be as follows. In this day and age
for which I include 1995 it is very hard to keep something like this
secret.  The day of the computer/internet makes it very hard to be
private.  He was 21 at the time of his death and that being said I
can't understand what circumstances would allow for a persons cause of
death to be sealed.  Is this just that the family did not want to
disclose it or is it legally sealed?  If a non certified copy of the
CA death certificate were ordered would it be blanked out?  Did he
commit suicide???  Sound like maybe to me.  I wouldn't mind paying for
the research if we could get something,  Is there a way we can find
out??  Is the an obituary you have seen in your research?

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 27 Jul 2004 19:26 PDT
There is a brief newspaper obituary for Roland Harrah, but it does not
detail the circumstances of his death.

If you're genuinely that intent on finding out, I can direct you to a
site where you can request a copy of the death certificate.  They
generally cost between $30-40.  I cannot tell you in advance what sort
of information would be included on it -- or even if the certificate
is publicly available.  The only way you could know is to order it,
and found out.  Let me know if you're interested, and I can post the
information as an answer to your question.


Clarification of Question by grayresearch-ga on 29 Jul 2004 17:31 PDT
I assume you have seen the obituary?  Can you e-mail a copy to me?  I
would consider that answering the question.  Please advise.  Thanks

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 29 Jul 2004 17:53 PDT
Hi there.  

I can't email the obituary to you for two reasons: (1) no emails
allowed!  All contact with customers happens right here, on the Googla
Answers site  (2) the article is copyright, so I am not permitted to
reproduce it in full.

However...I can do the following:  (1) summarize the obituary for you,
and (2) give you instructions for how to obtain a copy for yourself,
either on line (by paying an additional fee of a few dollars) or
through your local library.

Let me know if that will suffice as an answer to your question.


Clarification of Question by grayresearch-ga on 29 Jul 2004 19:06 PDT
Does the obit give anything we have not discussed such as funeral
info/cemetary info.  Please advise!!

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 29 Jul 2004 20:07 PDT
I found only a single obituary on the passing of Roland Harrah.  It is
about 175 words long, and includes:

-The place and date of his death

--the place, day and time of services

--place of burial

--list of six key movies and television shows

--Affiliations with groups such as the Screen Actors Guild

--a bit of biographical information, including where born, lived,
length of acting career, and hobbies

--identity of his parents and close family members

Clarification of Question by grayresearch-ga on 29 Jul 2004 20:48 PDT
OK that will work.  I will consider it answered.
Subject: Re: Actor "Roland E. Harrah III" How Did He Die ??
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 30 Jul 2004 04:43 PDT
Hello mikomoro-ga,

An obituary for Roland Edward Harrah III appeared on page B4 in the
Friday, January 6, 1995 edition of the Press Enterprise in Riverside,

It included the following information:

--Harrah had died on Tuesday of that same week, at his home in Riverside.

--He was 21 at the time of his death.

--The family declined to make any information public about the cause of death.

--Services were planned for Monday, 2:00 pm at the Pierce Brothers
Crestlawn Mortuary Chapel in Riverside, with a ?friends may call? time
held on Sunday as well.

--Burial was to be at the Pierce Brothers Crestlawn Memorial Park.

--Harrah was born in Denver, and lived in Riverside for 15 years. 

--He was acting for 12 years in TV and movies.  

--Key roles included appearances in: Magnum, P.I., Airwolf, Kung Fu: The
Movie, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Shadow of China, and Braddock:
Missing in Action III. 

--Harrah belonged to the American Federation of Television and
Radio Artists, and the Screen Actors Guild. 

--In addition to acting, he was also a musician, songwriter, singer and artist.

--Harrah was ?survived? by a number of family members, including:  
-his parents, Thanh and Roland 
-a sister, Tanya
-his maternal grandmother, Le Thi Hai of Vietnam
-his paternal grandparents, Warren and Ann Williams 

A librarian should be able to help you obtain a copy of the full text
of the obituary, if you?re interested in having it.

Let me know if any of this is unclear.  Just post a Request for
Clarification, and I?ll be happy to assist you further.


search strategy:  searched a variety of newspaper databases for [ roland harrah ]
Subject: Re: Actor "Roland E. Harrah III" How Did He Die ??
From: mikomoro-ga on 27 Jul 2004 22:55 PDT
Records are sometimes 'sealed' from everyone but relatives for a
prescribed number of years.

A Death Certificate may not necessarily provide the information that
you are seeking.

I can understand a family wanting to lock away its grief and I believe
that it should be entitled to its privacy.
Subject: Re: Actor "Roland E. Harrah III" How Did He Die ??
From: exmachina74-ga on 05 Nov 2004 10:12 PST
I was doing a Google search on Roland's suicide ( I hadn't thought
about him in years) and came across these postings.  I knew him
through friends in Riverside '92-94 where I grew up.  During this time
he lived downtown in an old house on the corner of 5th and Brockton
with a young woman named Yao, who I understood was his wife.  They had
matching bold star tattoos on their upper right arms and incredible
fashion sense and the coolest interior - they'd painted the walls
these bold colors and had a lot of strange antiques.  I never got to
know them well, myself, but we were friendly.  They threw really cool
themed parties.  They didn't seem to have jobs (maybe they were
students?) - I didn't know him from movies - but watched Braddock III
to see him.  I was told he still got decent residuals. In '95 a friend
told me Roland had committed suicide and that his family was being
really awful to Yao.  Perhaps this is why her name isn't mentioned in
the Press Enterprise Obit.  This is all I know but thought I'd pass it

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