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Lansing Vanwoert "Lansa" Brown, Jr
Birth: Aug. 24, 1900
North Dakota, USA
Death: Feb. 16, 1962
West Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Prominent portrait photographer of numerous Hollywood celebrities. Recalled primarily as the best friend of popular early-1930s crooner Russ Columbo. It was Brown who accidentally shot Columbo while toying with an antique dueling pistol he kept in his house. Russ described "Lansa" as his best friend - "my confidant, my advisor for ten years-no matter what I asked of him, he would never fail me. And I too-I would never fail him." On Sunday afternoon, September 2nd, 1934, Columbo was visiting Brown at the latter's residence. While engaged in conversation in the library, Brown was demonstrating the gun to Columbo and holding an unlighted match in his left hand. The "trick" was that the hammer would ignite the match, although Brown would later testify that he did not know why he had the match and the gun, other than a sort of odd "habit." Unfortunately, the old relic had both gunpowder and a vintage minie ball. Somehow, the match and the hammer triggered the gunpowder, and the bullet was discharged. Detectives later determined that the bullet must have ricocheted off the mahogany desk between the two men, striking Russ Columbo in the left eye, lodging at the back of his brain. He slumped in the chair and immediately lost consciousness. He died 12 hours later at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan in the Westlake district. Columbo was 26. At the coroner's inquest, the jury returned a verdict which stated, "... we find Lansing Brown, Jr. accidentally fired the fatal shot, but exonerate him from all blame ..." From all reports, the tragedy was considered "an act of God" by the surviving Colombo siblings. Brown lived out the remainder of his days a broken man, devastated no doubt by his role in Columbo's death. Brown lived out the remainder of his days a broken man, devastated no doubt by his role in Columbo's death. While he continued in photography, he took to traveling more often. He died of a stroke at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital. (bio by: Theologianthespian) 
 
Burial:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Glendale
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: The Great Mausoleum, Gardenia Terrace, the Columbarium of Tribute, Niche 16735
 
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Originally Created by: Theologianthespian
Record added: Aug 25, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7795540
Lansing Vanwoert Lansa Brown, Jr
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