The woman who was responsible for the death of comedian John Belushi has died.
According to the Globe and Mail, Cathy Smith died Aug. 18 at the age of 73 in Maple Ridge, B.C. Smith reportedly had been on oxygen and her health had declined in the last few years.
A one-time back-up singer and drug supplier to the founding members of The Band, Smith admitted to injecting Belushi with cocaine and heroin at the Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles on March 5, 1982. He later died at age 33 of an overdose.
The New York Post reported Smith pleaded no-contest in 1986 to involuntary manslaughter along with several other charges, serving 15 months at the California Institution for Women for her crimes.
After she was released, Smith was deported back to Canada where she later worked as a legal secretary in Toronto.
Prior to Belushi’s death, Smith was mostly known as a back-up singer for rockers Rick Danko, Levon Helm and Richard Manuel, who went on to star in The Band. She was also the girlfriend of Gordon Lightfoot, who documented his stormy relationship with her in the hit 1974 song “Sundown.”
In a 1984 biography about Belushi, author Bob Woodward noted Smith first met Belushi when Lightfoot performed on Saturday Night Live in 1976. Smith later became more acquainted with Belushi via Keith Richards and Ron Woods of the Rolling Stones.
While Smith was scorned for contributing to Belushi’s demise, some still adored her.
“Cathy was a great lady. Men were drawn to her, and she used to make me jealous,” Lightfoot told The Globe and Mail. “But I don’t have a bad thing to say about her.”