Representative Sonny Bono, whose unexpected career in Republican politics followed an equally unexpected -- and successful -- career as a singer and television star with his former wife Cher, was killed on Monday afternoon when he crashed into a tree while skiing in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. He was 62 and lived in Palm Springs, Calif. Bono was skiing with his wife, Mary Whitaker, and their two children when he left them about P. Unaware that he had not made it down the hill, his wife, their son, Chesare, 9, and daughter, Chianna, 6, waited at the bottom of the slope.
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In his characteristically blunt and self-deprecating manner, Sonny Bono transformed himself relatively late in his life, morphing from the shorter, homelier, masculine half of a s husband-and-wife singing and acting sensation alongside his glamorous second wife, Cher into a respected California lawmaker and U. The year-old Bono and his fourth wife, Mary, were visiting the Heavenly Ski Resort, located on the Nevada-California border some 55 miles south of Reno, Nevada , with their young son and daughter. The accident occurred when Bono left his family to ski alone on the afternoon of January 5. He was reported missing several hours later, and his body was found that evening.
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Sonny Bono started his career as a singer in the mids with then-girlfriend Cher. Their biggest hit was "I Got You Babe. In , he was elected to Congress as a representative from California's 44th Congressional District. He unexpectedly died in a skiing accident in He was the son of immigrants from Sicily. His family moved to Los Angeles when he was around seven years old. Bono attended Inglewood High School, but he dropped out. After leaving school, he took on a number of jobs while trying to make it as a songwriter.
Sign In. Edit Sonny Bono. Showing all 31 items. According to his widow, Bono was addicted to pain killers at the time of his death and was taking up to 20 pills a day. Elected to the United States House of Representatives. Son, with Cher , Chaz Bono.