Sep 28, 2010 9:50 PM by Alison Haynes
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A longtime Quentin Tarantino film editor may
have died from heat stroke while hiking in the Hollywood Hills
during a record hot spell, a coroner's official said Tuesday.
The body of Sally JoAnne Menke, 56, was discovered at 2:15 a.m.
Tuesday in rugged Beachwood Canyon on the west side of Griffith
Park, assistant coroner Ed Winter said. Her black Labrador
retriever was standing near the body.
Investigators suspect she died of hyperthermia on Monday in
Griffith Park, when downtown Los Angeles was on its way to a record
high of 113, Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Fred Corral said. An
autopsy was planned for Wednesday.
"She was observed in a trail. She may have been disoriented
because of the heat," Corral said.
Menke, the daughter-in-law of famed cellist Aldo Simoes Parisot,
edited every Quentin Tarantino film from "Reservoir Dogs" in 1992
to last year's "Inglourious Basterds," which earned her an
Academy Award nomination.
Menke's other film credits include "Death Proof" (2007),
"Grindhouse" (2007), "Kill Bill: Vol. 2" (2004), "Kill Bill:
Vol. 1" (2003), "Daddy and Them" (2001), "D.C. Smalls" (2001),
"All the Pretty Horses" (2000), "Jackie Brown" (1997),
"Nightwatch" (1997), "Mulholland Falls" (1996), "Pulp
Fiction" (1994) and "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in
the Universe" (1991).
Menke and a friend went hiking in the wilderness park at about 9
a.m. Monday, Corral said. At the time, temperatures already were in
They had a 16-ounce bottle of water and had been walking for
about 45 minutes when Menke, who had a history of seizures,
complained of dizziness and said she would return to her car,
"Her friend continued on and didn't see her again," Corral
About 15 minutes after the two split up, another hiker spotted
Menke on a trail. She appeared disoriented but declined any help,
She also made a brief cell phone call at about 10:15 a.m. to her
husband, Dean Parisot, who was in Canada on business, Corral said.
"Sally was truly proud of two things in her life - above all
her family, especially her children, and also her work,
particularly her long collaboration with Quentin Tarantino,"
Parisot said in a statement.
When Menke failed to turn up after the hike, a friend organized
a foot and horseback search, then contacted police at 6 p.m. when
she couldn't be found. Search dogs, a police helicopter, Hollywood
Division officers and the Fire Department's urban search-and-rescue
squad participated in the search.