Lea Nikki Bacharach

Lea Nikki Bacharach

Birth
California, USA
Death 4 Jan 2007 (aged 40)
Thousand Oaks, Ventura County, California, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 17309998 · View Source
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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Nikki Bacharach, daughter of songwriter Burt Bacharach and actress Angie Dickinson, committed suicide, Bacharach and Dickinson said in a statement Friday.

Nikki Bacharach, 40, suffered from Asperger's Disorder, a form of autism. She killed herself Thursday night at her condo in Thousand Oaks, said Linda Dozoretz, a spokeswoman for the family.

"She quietly and peacefully committed suicide to escape the ravages to her brain brought on by Asperger's,'' the statement said.

Nikki Bacharach died of suffocation using a plastic bag and helium, said Mike Feiler of the Ventura County coroner's office.

Born prematurely in 1966, Lea Nikki Bacharach studied geology at Cal Lutheran University, but could not pursue a career in the field because of poor eyesight.

"She loved kitties, and earthquakes, glacial calving, meteor showers, science, blue skies and sunsets, and Tahiti,'' the statement said.

Nikki Bacharach was the only child of Burt Bacharach, 77, and Dickinson, 75, who were married from 1965 to 1981.

It was the second marriage for both Bacharach, the Oscar-winning composer of "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,'' and "What the World Needs Now is Love,'' and Dickinson, star of the film "Dressed to Kill'' and the TV show "Police Woman.''

Bacharach has three children from other marriages.

By ASSOCIATED PRESSLea Nikki Bacharach, 40, , who suffered from Asperger's Syndrome, died at home in California.She was the only child of composer Burt Bacharach and actress Angie Dickinson


Her family said she died "quietly and peacefully" to "escape the ravages to her brain" brought on by the autism.

The Ventura County Coroner's Office said she had suffocated herself.

'Science and sunsets'

Miss Bacharach was born prematurely in 1966.

Her family said she loved "kitties, and earthquakes, glacial calving, meteor showers, science, blue skies and sunsets, and Tahiti."

She studied geology at Cal Lutheran University but was unable to pursue a career in the field due to poor eyesight.

Her parents Mr Bacharach, and Dickinson, were married from 1965 to 1981.

Nikki, song written by her Father

Somewhere there is sunshine.
Somewhere days are warm.
Somewhere there's a happy harbor
far from the storm.
Out where the sun shines there is someone
I'm meant to adore,
and I know the day I find her,
I'll smile once more.

Nikki, it's you.
Nikki, where can you be?
It's you, no one but you for me
I've been so lonely since you went away.
I won't spend a happy day
'til you're back in my arms.

For ev'ry dream there is a dreamer,
and when dreams are gone,
for each wish
another star shines to wish up on.
Take all my dreams and all my wishes
Hold them in your heart.
Tell me soon we'll be together,
never to part.

Nikki, it's you.
Nikki, where can you be?
It's you, no one but you for me
I've been so lonely since you went away.
I won't spend a happy day
'til you're back in my arms.

Don't make me wait here in the shadows
till my life is done.
I can't live without the sunshine,
you are the sun.

Oh Nikki, it's you.



Daughter of Burt Bacharach, the award-winning music composer of such classics as ‘‘I'll Never Fall in Love Again,'' the Oscar-winning ‘‘Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head,'' and The Carpenters' ‘‘(They Long to Be) Close to You". Her mother is Angie Dickinson who is an American actress who has appeared in more than 50 films and starred on television as Sergeant Leann "Pepper" Anderson in the successful 1970s crime series Police Woman. She was a very loving and selfless mother to Nikki and her encouragement allowed Ms. Bacharach to earn a BS in Geology in spite of her Asberger's. Nikki was born one-pound, 10 ounces at birth, she grew up with emotional issues, which later was an undiagnosed case of Asperger's syndrome (the autism spectrum disorder is a relatively new diagnosis.) She committed suicide at the age of 40.


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