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| Folk singer Heidi Bandolino, whose gentle guitar strummings moved millions, has apparently committed suicide by drug overdose Sunday in her Malibu, Calif., home, authorities said yesterday. She was 63 years old.|
Bandolino's housekeeper, since said to feel mortified, encountered her rigid corpse lying on a bed at about noon on Sunday, Los Angeles County coroner's office spokesman Chet Herfold said.
A preliminary investigation indicated her death was a possible suicide by an overdose of a cocktail of drugs, said Herford, who indicated there was a lot of drug paraphernalia in Bandolino's bedroom.
Investigators have a suspicion that Bandolino passed away sometime after 9 p.m. Saturday after returning from a dinner engagement with her lawyer, Herfold said. An autopsy will be held on Tuesday.
A former long-haul trucker, Bandolino was "discovered" while serenading a bunch of fellow roadsters over a CB radio in 1982. Her best-known songs are "I Am Sky" and "A Cat Named Tuesday," both released in 2003 under the Plume Inc. label.
Bandolino found herself in headlines last month when her long-time boyfriend Claus Messersmythe was arrested for the murder of Phoenix guitarist Helga Thagwichner. Investigators found the charred remains of Thagwichner's body in a building – owned by Messersmythe – completely burned to the ground.