Tarantino film editor dies on hike
An autopsy is planned for a longtime Quentin Tarantino film editor who died while hiking in the Hollywood Hills during a record hot spell, a coroner's official said.
The body of Sally JoAnne Menke, 56, was discovered in the early hours of Tuesday at Beachwood Canyon on the west side of Griffith Park, assistant coroner Ed Winter said. Her black Labrador retriever was standing near the body.
Investigators suspect she died of hyperthermia when downtown Los Angeles was on its way to a record high of 113, Los Angeles County coroner's Lt Fred Corral said.
"She was observed in a trail. She may have been disoriented because of the heat," Corral said.
Menke edited every Tarantino film from Reservoir Dogs in 1992 to last year's Inglourious Basterds, which earned her an Academy Award nomination.
Menke and a friend went hiking in the wilderness park at about 9 am on Monday, Corral said. At the time, temperatures were already in the 90s.
They had a 16-ounce bottle of water and had been walking for about 45 minutes when Menke, who had a history of seizures, complained of dizziness and said she would return to her car, Lt Corral said.
"Her friend continued on and didn't see her again," he added.
About 15 minutes after the two split up, another hiker spotted Menke on a trail. She appeared disoriented but declined any help. She also made a brief cell phone call at about 10.15am to her husband, Dean Parisot, who was in Canada on business, Corral said.
"Sally was truly proud of two things in her life - above all her family, especially her children, and also her work, particularly her long collaboration with Quentin Tarantino," Parisot said in a statement.