Sonny Bono was killed in a skiing accident on Jan. 5, 1998. Sonny came to fame w…

Written by on January 5, 2018


Sonny Bono was killed in a skiing accident on Jan. 5, 1998. Sonny came to fame with his then wife Cher (as Sonny & Cher) in the 60’s. He was also a song writer, producer, business man and a politician. He was mayor of Palm Springs, California, from 1988 to 1992, and congressman for California’s 44th district from 1995 until his death in 1998.

Bono died on January 5, 1998, of injuries sustained when he hit a tree while skiing on the Nevada side of Heavenly Ski Resort near South Lake Tahoe, California. After his death, his then wife Mary Bono told an interviewer from TV Guide that Sonny had been addicted to prescription drugs, mainly Vicodin and Valium. Though Mary claimed that Sonny’s drug use caused the accident, the autopsy performed by the Douglas County Coroner showed no indication of any substances or alcohol. Sonny’s mother and several friends disputed Mary’s account.

Bono was survived by his wife, Mary Bono, and children, Christy, Chianna, Chesare and Chastity (later Chaz). At Mary Bono’s request, Cher gave a eulogy at Sonny’s funeral. His remains were buried at Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California. The epitaph on Bono’s headstone reads: “AND THE BEAT GOES ON”, written in uppercase.

For our younger friends, Sonny Bono is no relation to “Bono” of U2 fame.

Did you ever notice how Cher constantly picked on Sonny on their TV show? Yet he was the one responsible for her career? (Yeah we know, it was all scripted)

RIP Sonny. Thanks for the entertainment (and that copyright extension law).




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