A Hollywood producer who was found dead in a car with his young daughter had apparently suffered a heart attack and fallen on top of the girl, suffocating her, according to a coroner’s report.
The body of Terry Carr, 62, toppled onto his 9-year-old daughter as she slept in the cargo area of their SUV, leaving her unable to escape or breathe, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Russ Perdock. Carr and his daughter, Arieka, were found Aug. 1.
Carr weighed about 212 pounds and his daughter was about 53 pounds, Perdock said Tuesday.
The vehicle was found parked at a convenience store in Clearlake Oaks a day after Carr abandoned his wife at a grocery store in Ashland, Ore. Clearlake Oaks is about 280 miles south of Ashland.
Although Carr had not worked on a film for several years, he remained a well-known producer and screenplay writer. His movie credit list included “The Boost,” a 1988 drama starring James Woods and Sean Young; “Yes, Giorgio,” a 1982 musical comedy starring opera great Luciano Pavarotti; and the 1980 romantic comedy “Coast to Coast,” starring Dyan Cannon and Robert Blake.
He and his family recently had left Los Angeles in search of a more tranquil lifestyle in Oregon, family members told The (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat.
Carr’s wife, Chikako Carr, 50, said she still has no idea why her husband took off while she was in a grocery store restroom. He also dumped a box of belongings, including important personal papers and photos, in a pasture on the outskirts of Ashland a few days before he disappeared.
Authorities also don’t know why Carr drove to Clearlake Oaks. His brother, John, lives there but said he had not heard from Carr, Perdock said.