The Los Angeles Times just reported the death of Tarantino’s editor, Sally Menke, after she took a hike with her dog in the early morning. Her loyal dog remained by her side when the fire department found her body.
No cause of death was immediately reported, and it’s unclear whether the heat was a factor.
[Updated at 8:42 a.m.: LAPD Lt. Bob Binder said Menke and a hiking buddy set out about 9 a.m. to hike a trail in Bronson Canyon, in the shadows of the Hollywood sign. An hour later, Menke’s partner decided to turn back. Menke and her Labrador retriever continued on.
That was the last time she was reported seen. Friends and family contacted authorities about 4 p.m.
First on the scene were officers with the city’s General Services Department, which patrols the park. Searchers with the LAPD Metro Division and Los Angeles Fire Department were called in around 6 p.m. Her family and friends aided in the search.
Menke’s body was found just after 2 a.m. at the bottom of a ravine near the 5600 block of Green Oak Drive in Bronson Canyon.
Her was dog sitting next to her body, which was about a football field’s length from nearby homes.
Menke was nominated for Pulp Fiction and Inglorious Basterds.