• Location: Santa Monica, California
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Explore the dark side of Los Angeles on this Hollywood ‘death tour,’ a 2.5-hour multimedia bus excursion investigating the infamous homes and locations where the city’s most famous stars met their demise. During your visit you'll check out well-known sites in Beverly Hills, Hollywood and the Sunset Strip where some of the world’s most famous celebrities passed away. This macabre Los Angeles excursion, featured by both Anthony Bourdain’s ‘The Layover’ and E!’s ‘Hollywood Death Trip’ is a great way to learn about the city’s twisted past.


  • 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.

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What You Can Expect

Dearly Departed: The Tragic History Tour of Los Angeles

The 'George Michael' Bathroom

Take a deep dive into the sordid history of Los Angeles on the Dearly Departed tour, a 2.5-hour multimedia bus trip focusing on the tragic end of some of the city’s most iconic celebrities. Anyone with a love for celebrity scandal or a dark sense of humor will appreciate this trip through the seamy dark side behind Hollywood’s glamorous façade.

Begin your trip around midday from a location on Sunset Boulevard. Join your trip’s guide, also known as the “Director of Undertakings,” as you delve into the history behind decades of murder, scandal and good, clean fun. Once your trip, um, departs . . . you’ll be regaled with plenty Hollywood horror stories from inside the comfort of your luxurious bus, also known as the “Tomb Buggy.”

Over the course of your trip you’ll cover more than 75 sites of interest. Though the trip’s exact stopping points change from day to day, a few of the typical highlights include:
  • The infamous locations of the deaths of River Phoenix, Bela Lugosi, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston
  • The grisly murder sites of Sal Mineo, Dominique Dunne, Rebecca Schaeffer and Bugsy Siegel
  • The hotels where John Belushi and Janis Joplin made their “last stay”
  • The setting for Sharon Tate’s “last supper”
  • Scandalous locations from the lives of Chris Brown and Rihanna, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant
During your trip, you’ll also have the chance to see crime-scene photos, hear 911 phone calls and review paperwork that the general public usually doesn’t have a chance to see, adding further context to these tales of death and deceit.

You’ll also visit the intimate cemetery where Natalie Wood, Farah Fawcett, Marilyn Monroe and other high-powered icons were laid to rest. Take a stroll through the grounds to pay your respects and to read their poignant and often humorous epitaphs.

Finish your trip back at your original starting point, where you can browse the Dearly Departed Gallery. Among the exhibits on display are unexpected memorabilia related to dead celebrities. Among the items you will see are pool tiles from the site where Rolling Stones drummer Brian Jones drowned, along with the Rolodex of Rock Hudson, which includes the phone number for Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor.

Customer Reviews

Kyle P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Highly Recommended! Great guide very knowledgeable!

Annie Gee USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We were very grateful and thankful that Dearly Departed tours honored our scheduled tour, as there was only three of us on the tour. We truly enjoyed every min. of this tour. Brain was great, very informative and exciting. We were very lucky that the fires in LA did not block any of our sites. Brain was very capable, animated and enjoyable, we learned/saw so much, not your usual run of the mill tour. Very happy we took this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Fun and informative!

Amy C United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Absolutely loved this tour - everyone was extremely friendly and helpful and the tour guide was amazing. We are going back to LA next Sep and will look to book another tour. Highly recommended!

James C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Fantasic tour... Our tour guide, Brian Donnelly, was awesome! The number of spots visited on this tour was incredible... Money well spent!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Amazing trip with amazing landscape!

susan b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

great, you see so much not just where there have been deaths and murders but also movie trivia

Craig B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

The tour guide was most knowledgeable and it was well worth it. We arrived early and there was no coffee shop so don't arrive too early!! The tour took us to where people had died or killed and you knew their name. Take the tour...

Elizabeth F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

One of the highlights of our vacation...Highly recommend this tour!!!

Court P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a GREAT tour. So well done, lovely guide. We had an awesome time.

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