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March 16, 1985
Astunt man killed when the helicopter in which he was riding crashed near Newhall on Jan. 18 had "a small amount of cocaine" in his blood, the Los Angeles County coroner's office reported Friday. Authorities said the cocaine had been inhaled but declined to estimate when or say how much of the drug had been taken. Reid Rondell, 22, working as a stunt man on the filming of the television series "Airwolf," was burned to death in the crash several miles west of Newhall in Pico Canyon.
January 21, 1985 | Associated Press
A Canadian daredevil, curled up inside a specially designed barrel, plunged from the roof of the Astrodome to his death before 35,000 spectators as the barrel missed a water tank meant to cushion the fall. Karel Soucek, 37, who last July was the first person in 23 years to go over Niagara's Horseshoe Falls in a barrel, had planned the 180-foot drop Saturday night as part of a Thrill Show and Destruction Derby. The barrel began spinning as it plunged earthward and clipped the edge of the tank.
January 18, 1985
A helicopter used in the television series "Airwolf" crashed about 11:02 a.m. today near Canyon Country, killing a stunt man and injuring the pilot, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported. The stunt man was identified as Reid Rondell. The pilot, Scott Maher, was apparently was thrown clear of the copter and survived. He was taken to Henry Mayo Hospital in Valencia, where a spokeswoman said he was in stable condition.
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