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.