Los Angeles Times
January 28, 2008
Christian Brando, troubled son of legendary actor, Jan. 26
Christian Brando, the troubled son of legendary actor Marlon Brando, who made headlines in 1990 when he was arrested in the shooting death of his half-sister's boyfriend, died on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, in Los Angeles. He was 49. Christian Brando, then 32, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of Dag Drollet, 26, Cheyenne Brando's lover and the father of her unborn child. Brando was sentenced to 10 years but ended up serving nearly five years. In 1995, Cheyenne hanged herself at her mother's home outside Papeete, Tahiti. Christian Brando's mother was Marlon Brando's first wife, Calcutta-born actress Anna Kashfi. Christian dropped out of school in the 11th grade and began drinking and using LSD. He tried a variety of jobs, including welder and tree trimmer, and lived for a time in Alaska, piloting a barge for a fish processor during the summers. He tried his hand at acting but mostly lived for years with his father in Brando's hilltop estate. The Brandos are shown here in court in 1990 with the actor giving young Christian a kiss.