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Bounty-hunter who inspired film is dead

‘Domino,’ starring Keira Knightley, due out in August
/ Source: Reuters

A British model turned Los Angeles bounty-hunter who inspired an upcoming movie has died of undetermined causes in Hollywood but the studio said Thursday it planned to go ahead with its August release.

Police said Domino Harvey, 35, was found in her Hollywood home late Monday and pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Police said their initial investigations showed no evidence of foul play and indicated Harvey had drowned in her bathtub.

Coroner’s official Lt. Fred Corral deferred pronouncing on the cause of death saying the coroner wanted blood and drug tests that would take eight to 10 weeks. Harvey was released on bail at the time following an arrest in May on drug charges.

Harvey, the daughter of late British actor Laurence Harvey and former Vogue model Pauline Stone, was educated at elite British schools, became a model, then a ranch hand and firefighter in San Diego, California.

In 1994 she began working for a bail bonds agency in Los Angeles where she hunted down fugitive drug dealers and robbers.

Her story inspired the movie “Domino,” starring British actress Keira Knightley and directed by Tony Scott.

“Domino never failed to surprise or inspire me over the last 12 years. She was a free spirit like no other I have ever known,” Scott said in a statement.

New Line Cinema, the movie’s U.S. distributor, said it planed to go ahead with the Aug. 19 release of the film in the United States and that there no plans to change it because of Harvey’s death.