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Robert Pastorelli
Born Robert Joseph Pastorelli
June 21, 1954(1954-06-21)
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Died March 8, 2004 (aged 49)
Hollywood Hills, California
Years active 1982–2005
Domestic partner(s) Charemon Jonovich (?-1999) (her death) daughter Gianna
Jalee Carder (1999-2004) daughter Giannina Marie

Robert Joseph Pastorelli (June 21, 1954 – March 8, 2004) was an American actor. He had many roles on TV, in movies, and on the stage, including the seven years he played the portly painter Eldin Bernecky on the television series Murphy Brown. His last role was as an oddball hit man in Be Cool, reuniting him with Michael star John Travolta. Pastorelli died of a heroin overdose in 2004.[1]

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Early life

Pastorelli was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the son of Dotty, an artist, and Ledo Pastorelli, an insurance salesman.[2] Pastorelli had Italian heritage. His sister, Gwen Pastorelli, is an opera singer and a real estate agent. He was a 1972 graduate of Edison High School in Edison, New Jersey. A near-fatal car crash on his 19th birthday cost him his dream of boxing professionally. [3]

Death

Pastorelli was found dead in his home at Hollywood Hills in 2004; a syringe, a spoon and a plastic bag with white powder were discovered near his body.[4] His death occurred at the time the authorities were reopening the investigation into the March 1999 shooting death of his then-girlfriend, 25-year-old Charemon Jonovich, at their home.[5] Pastorelli, who knew of the investigation, had been considered a person of interest.[4] The investigation into Jonovich's death, initially ruled an accident or undetermined, was closed after Pastorelli's death; the cause of death on her death certificate was changed to homicide. The Coroner's Office later reported that Pastorelli died of "acute cocaine-morphine (heroin) toxicity".[citation needed] His interment was located at Saint Catherine's Cemetery in Sea Girt, New Jersey.

Personal life

Pastorelli had two daughters. One was Gianna Li Pastorelli (born February 6, 1998), with Charemon Jonovich. His second daughter is Giannina Marie Pastorelli (born March 6, 2000) with long-time girlfriend Jalee Carder, a former fashion designer and co-owner of Stone Marten.[6] He was known to a close circle of friends as Tally-ho.

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