July 12, 1973
On this day in Horror History the world lost Lon Chaney Jr. A horror icon that lent his immaculate character acting to the infamous Universal Monsters lineup in The Wolf Man (1941), Chaney’s brilliance was a historic addition to the infancy of horror cinema. Prior to passing away in 1973 from years of tobacco and alcohol abuse, he would donate his body to science where it would later be examined and his organs showcased for medical students to learn firsthand about signs to prolonged substance abuse. Although there is no tombstone to mark his final resting place, Chaney will forever rest in the hearts of all those who have ever had the privilege to see his films, and embrace his legacy that will never be forgotten.
“Nothing is more natural to me than horror.” –Lon Chaney, Jr
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