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  • Location:Los Angeles, California
  • Duration:2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Dearly Departed: The Tragic History Tour of Los Angeles

Can’t get enough of celebrity scandal? Are you a Hollywood buff with a macabre sense of humor? This 2.5-hour multimedia bus tour takes you to the homes and locations in Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the Sunset Strip where your favorite celebrities died — or wish their scandals died. Discover the underbelly of the City of Angels and satisfy your twisted curiosities on this revealing ride featured on E!'s 'Hollywood Death Trip' and Anthony Bourdain’s 'The Layover.'


  • 2.5-hour Dearly Departed's Tragic History Tour of Los Angeles
  • Discover where Michael Jackson, River Phoenix and Whitney Houston spent their final moments
  • Learn about stalkers, celebrity-gangsters, addictions, murder and scandal as you pass by Hollywood’s infamous spots
  • See almost 75 sites in one afternoon, making this tour the best bang for your buck
  • Don’t miss this highly rated tour voted one of the ‘1,000 Things To Do Before You Die!’
  • Stop at the legendary cemetery and pay your respects to Marilyn, Natalie, Farrah and dozens more.

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Hear actual 911 recordings and police interviews on this ghoulish tour. Enjoy a winning combo of humor and history throughout the ride from an operator considered an authoritative celebrity death source.

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What You Can Expect

Dearly Departed: The Tragic History Tour of Los Angeles

The 'George Michael' Bathroom

No city in the world has a more colorful and sordid history than Los Angeles, and nowhere else have so many famous (and infamous) icons met their maker. Gain insight into the darker side of Hollywood on this afternoon tour departing from Sunset Boulevard. This gruesome but entertaining excursion is popular with both visitors and locals, and inspired the ‘Eternal Darkness Tour’ episode on American Horror Story.

Your Director of Undertakings will guide you through decades' worth of death, murder and just plain fun. Once your tour, um . . . departs, hear tales of tinseltown tragedies in the cool comfort of your luxurious bus, aka the Tomb Buggy.

Cover more than 75 sites of interest in just 2.5 hours. While the itinerary may change from day to day, here are some of the places and juicy stories you can expect to encounter:
  • The last-breath locations of Michael Jackson, River Phoenix, Whitney Houston and Bela Lugosi

  • The murders of Rebecca Schaeffer, Sal Mineo, Dominique Dunne and Bugsy Siegel

  • The hotels where Janis Joplin and John Belushi ‘checked out’
  • The scene of Sharon Tate’s last supper
  • The scandals of Halle Berry, Chris Brown and Rihanna, and Hugh Grant
During the tour, you’re exposed to crime-scene photographs, 911 recordings and paperwork that the public-at-large normally don’t get to see about their favorite celebrities.

Visit a small cemetery where Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood, Farah Fawcett and other high-profile legends are buried. Walk through the stars’ final resting place and read their poignant and pithy epitaphs.

Your tour concludes back at the departure point. Spend some time browsing through the Dearly Departed Gallery. Check out unusual memorabilia connected to dead celebrities, including tiles from the pool where Rolling Stones drummer, Brian Jones, drowned, and Rock Hudson’s Rolodex listing Elizabeth Taylor’s phone number. 

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour had lots of good information and will keep you engaged! I am glad we took advice from other reviews and booked this!

However, the tour did not start until 1:00 and that's what's printed on the sign they put out front everyday, even though the ticket said 12:00 so double check so you don't have to kill an hour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was loads of fun, Scott and Brian were fantastic, highly recommend this tour, it does not disappoint.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Bryan was a fantastic tour guide. He took us to many interesting spots and kept us well informed throughout the whole tour. Lots of quirky facts included!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

More than what we expected: we didn't know we had a chance to visit a Hollywood cemetery. The tour guide satisfied our curiosity about many celeb tragic deaths. Can't say it was repectful or tasteful, but the tour was a lot of fun.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This has to be the best tour in LA. The driver was very informative and funny. Not only did we go to places where the rich and famous met their end, we were treated to the history of some very gruesome murders. The tour also took us to Beverly Hills to see the houses of the very rich. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and would recommend to any Brit visiting LA.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour, never thought i would be wondering around a cemetery with a camera ,but i was.
unusual and left field subjects, need to concentrate because the history and facts come thick and fast.
I loved it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was amazing. Bryan was hilarious and well informed on all of what he was talking about. A great way to see the city from a different angle. Really enjoyed it, and highly recommend it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our tour guide was fabulous!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

enjoyable, different tour. included a lot of the standard tour locations

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Lots of sites visited! Loved the shop too!

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