October 9, 1970 - July 11, 1994
"I love sex and I love sex with rockers more than anything
By Kevin Hassell
She was born into this world as Shannon Michelle Wilsey, and
left as porn star legend, Savannah. As there are plenty of sites dedicated to
her, I will skip the details of her life story, and focus on the events
surrounding her death.
In 1994, Savannah, or Shannon Michelle Wilsey, was going
through hard times. She had drifted in and out of relationships with many
high-profile rock stars, ranging from Gregg Allman and Billy Idol, to Axl Rose
and Pauly Shore.
She was in a
fierce battle with the IRS over mounting debts. She had recently been turned
down by Hustler magazine for a photo spread (hrr), and the rejection was
devastating. All this, and her continued drug use, combined to make her life
miserable. Sadly, that would not last for very long.
On July 11, 1994, Savannah was returning to her rented home in
the hills of Universal City, north of Hollywood. She was accompanied by Jason, a
member of the rock group House of Pain.
house-sitting while they were on the road. At around 2 a.m., Savannah swerved from
the road, driving through a picket fence and into a tree.
She totaled her Corvette.
She also broke her nose and
suffered severe lacerations to her face.
For her, this was the beginning of the end.
Upon arriving home, she asked Jason to take her pet
Rottweiler, Daisy, for a walk, and to go inspect the fence.
he left, she phoned her manager, Nancy Pera. Savannah also worked as an exotic
dancer, and commanded big bucks for her dancing, sometimes up to $5,000 an
appearance. She was scheduled to leave in a few hours for a lucrative dance
assignment, at Goldfinger's, in Nyack, NY. Crying, and barely coherent, she
told Pera that she would have to cancel her gig, and that she needed plastic
surgery. According to Pera, "Savannah was in a crunch for money. She saw
her world collapsing". Sadly, this would prove to be very true.
When Jason returned minutes later, with Daisy, Savannah was
nowhere to be found. Worried, he searched the house, finally coming to the
garage. Upon opening the door, he found Savannah lying in a pool of blood on the
floor, with a .40 Baretta between her legs. Unable to accept what had happened
to her beautiful face, Savannah had decided to take her own life with a
self-inflicted gunshot wound to her head.
Nancy Pera arrived a few minutes later, with police and
paramedics already on the scene. Sadly, Savannah hadn't died from the wound,
and was barely breathing. Pera says that as Savannah was brought out on a
stretcher, "I squeezed her foot, while shouting, "Stay with us!"
Savannah was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital.
Savannah would struggle for seven to eleven hours on life
support. At 11 a.m., her father decided to shut her life support systems down when
it became obvious that she would not survive. She was only 23 years old.
The reason that Savannah didn't die right away was due to
her placement of the gun at her right temple. When she pulled the trigger, the
gun reared up, causing her to inflict an indirect impact on her brain.
Savannah wasn't well liked by those that worked with her.
She was frequently referred to as "the Ice Queen." She continually
boasted of her affairs with rock stars, from her groupie
past with Greg Allman,
to having sex a half dozen times in a single evening
with Billy Idol.
She said, on a scale of 1 to 10, Axl Rose was a 1 when it came to the sack. Savannah
was well known for her preference of rock stars.
Upon hearing of her death, Screw magazine headlined the news
of her suicide "DING DONG THE BITCH IS DEAD." It was accompanied by text
that read, "Everyone knew that she was an airhead, and now she's got the
hole in her head to prove it." Others in the adult film industry were
saddened. Said porn star Jenna Fine, "The world is a little less
without her, and the heavens have one brighter star."
40 people attended Savannah's funeral. Savannah and her
father were estranged, and the hospital was the first time that he had seen her
in four years. She was cremated, and her ashes were given to her father. In her
career, she worked in a total of 84 movies.
Trivia: Although she had a reputation as a bitch, Savannah was also
very generous with her money. She gave to many different charities, in
particular the Pediatric Aids Foundation.
According to Savannah, Billy Idol liked for her to wear high
heels during sex.
January 2003, from Findadeath friend
Mike Pare in Canada:
Savannah was not the first girl who committed
suicide after dating Gregg Allman, so did Jenny Aurness (correct sp) dtr. of
James Arness-he never talks about her....She killed herself when he dumped her
Interesting stuff Mike, thanks!
This just in, March 2003, from Findadeath
friend Lee Josephs:
Hey Scott, I have been a visitor of your site for
several years. I must say I am addicted to it. Those computer Nazi's at my
office must have noticed I liked it, since I can no longer view it from
there. The wit and humor are definitely great!
Well, the reason why I am writing is because
I stumbled upon another forgotten Hollywood child star who lived and died
the stereo-typical Hollywood lifestyle. After reading about the porn star
Savannah, I found that she picked that name because of a movie she really
liked called Savannah Smiles.
Not a very memorable movie, but there was a
cute little girl named Bridgette Anderson. It appears after the age of 12
that Bridgettte could no longer could find work as an actress, and had to
return to a "normal" existence.
That existence led to her untimely death in
1997 at age 21, via an over dose or drugs and alcohol.
2004: Just a bit of trivia
concerning Savannah, she used to date Tom Leykis!!! Talk about low self-esteem!!! Not that I don't love Tom, but he's icky!!!! Just proves
what he says: big tits, big ego equals low self-esteem!
-Big BIG fan Rick