Los Angeles – The former wife Tarzan Actor Ron Ely was stabbed to death by the couple's son at their California home on Tuesday evening, police said.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said in a statement That deputies showed up at the couple's home in the upscale neighborhood of Hope Ranch following an emergency call over a family dispute and found Valerie Lundeen Ely, 62, dead with "multiple stab wounds."
Deputies identified the suspect as Elys' son, 30-year-old Cameron Ely, and shot him dead after determining he possessed a threat.
"Deputies searched the residence and surrounding area for Cameron Ely," the Sheriff's Office said. "During the search, the suspect was located outside the home. He received a threat and in response 4 deputies fired their weapons at the suspect, fatally wounding him."
There was no indication that 81-year-old Ron Ely was injured during the attack on his wife.
Police said he was taken to a hospital as a precaution and later released.
Ely is best known for playing the lead character in the 1960s television series Tarzan.
He had three children with his wife who was a former beauty pageant queen.
Compiled by Alex Isaacs.