Chere Rhodes, girlfriend of former actor Max Baer Jr., shot herself in the chest and died several days later according to Lake Tahoe authorities. Baer is famous for playing ‘Jethro Bodine’ on the syndicated classic TV show ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’.
Baer, 70, an entrepreneur who played “Jethro” in the 1960s “Hillbillies” series, summoned authorities to his Lake Tahoe home last Thursday after he found Rhodes with a single gunshot wound to the chest, Halsey said.
“She was conscious on the scene and told [officers] that it was a self-attempted suicide,” Halsey said. “There was a suicide note as well, which substantiated her statement.”
He said the handwritten note cited “relationship problems.”
Baer’s father, the late Max Baer, Sr., was one of the more famous boxers of all-time. The movie Cinderella Man is based on his life. Baer, Jr. has been on record as saying the film distorts his father’s image in a negative and false light.
Baer wrote, directed, and produced several successful films before retiring to the slopes of Lake Tahoe.