'Tarzan' Actor's Wife Stabbed to Death Inside Their Home

Brenda Watkins
October 17, 2019

Authorities say Tarzan actor Ron Ely's wife was stabbed to death in their southern California home by the couple's son, who police subsequently shot and killed.

Ron Ely pictured with his wife Valerie Lundeen (left), and Ely during his Tarzan days (right). "He posed a threat and in response 4 deputies fired their service weapons at the suspect, fatally wounding him", the statement said, adding that no deputies were injured.

Valerie Lundeen Ely, 62, was stabbed to death at the home she shared with her husband by her 30-year-old son Cameron Ely, the sheriff's department said.

Ron, 81, who suffers from a speech impediment due to a medical condition, was taken to the hospital for evaluation but according to CNN, he was uninjured and was able to tell police when they arrived on scene that Cameron "was involved in the stabbing".

News reports police discovered an elderly woman's body at the residence around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday while responding to a family disturbance call in Hope Ranch, Calif.

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Ron Ely as Tarzan in the hit US TV series. Representatives for the Sea Hunt actor did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

He retired in 2001, just to come back for one more role in the 2014 TV movie, "Expecting Amish".

As well as playing Tarzan from 1966 to 1968, Ely also starred in "Fantasy Island" as well as the 1975 film "Doc Savage: The Man of Iron and Bronze".

Ely married former beauty queen Valerie, the mother of his three children, in 1984.

"It's an unfortunate, tragic incident out here", he told local TV station KEYT, "and now starts the long process of investigating exactly what happened".

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