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'Easy Rider' producer commits suicide

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Bill Hayward was associate producer of "Easy Rider"

Hayward was member of noted film family; sister Brooke wrote "Haywire"

Hayward shot himself in the heart with a handgun


LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Bill Hayward, the associate producer of "Easy Rider," has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 66.


The Los Angeles County coroner's office said Hayward shot himself in the heart with a handgun on March 9 in Castaic. The suicide occurred in trailer where he was living.


Hayward was the son of agent Leland Hayward and actress Margaret Sullavan, all part of a Hollywood family whose talent and beauty was often outshone by its demons.


Sullavan and her daughter Bridget Hayward both died of drug overdoses in 1960.


Bill Hayward's other sister, Brooke, was once married to "Easy Rider" star Dennis Hopper, who said Thursday that Hayward "was a wonderful man and this is a great tragedy for our

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