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The woman responsible for the death of comedian John Belushi has passed away.
According to The Globe and Mail, Cathy Smith died on August 18 at the age of 73 in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. Smith was reportedly on oxygen and his health has deteriorated in recent years.
A former backup singer and drug supplier to the founding members of The Band, Smith admitted to injecting Belushi with cocaine and heroin at the Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles on March 5, 1982. He later died in the hospital. age 33 from overdose.
The New York Post reported that Smith pleaded no contest in 1986 to manslaughter along with several other charges, serving 15 months at the California Institution for Women for his crimes.
After her release, Smith was deported to Canada where she later worked as a legal secretary in Toronto.
Before Belushi’s death, Smith was best known as a back-up singer for rockers Rick Danko, Levon Helm, and Richard Manuel, who went on to perform in The Band. She was also the girlfriend of Gordon Lightfoot, who documented his stormy relationship with her in the 1974 hit song “Sundown.”
In a 1984 biography on Belushi, author Bob Woodward noted that Smith first met Belushi when Lightfoot performed on Saturday Night Live in 1976. Smith then got to know Belushi through Keith Richards and Ron Woods of the Rolling Stones.
While Smith was looked down upon for contributing to Belushi’s demise, some still worshiped him.
“Cathy was a great lady. Men were drawn to her and she made me jealous, ”Lightfoot told The Globe and Mail. “But I have nothing bad to say about him. “