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SONNY Bono, former husband and singing partner of superstar Cher, was clubbed to death by hitmen on the orders of drug and weapons dealers who feared he was going to expose them, a former FBI agent claims.
Ted Gunderson, now a private investigator, has told the US Globe tabloid that Bono, who served as mayor of Palm Springs for four years, did not die after hitting a tree on a Nevada ski slope in January 1998 as everyone believed.
The former agent, who has been researching Bono's accident for the past decade, said top officials linked to an international drug and weapons ring feared the singer-turned-politician was about to expose their crimes - so they had him killed on the slopes.
Bono, an experienced skiier, was ambushed on the slopes by hired hitmen, who beat him to death and then staged a tree collision, Mr Gunderson said.
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On January 5, 1998, Bono died of injuries after hitting a tree while skiing at the Heavenly Ski Resort near South Lake Tahoe, California. He was 62 years old. Bono's death came just days after Michael Kennedy died in a similar accident.
SONNY BONO WAS MURDERED
Congressman Sonny was targeted because he played a large role in the U.S. government's war on drugs, say insiders. He was co-sponsor of the Methamphetamine Elimination Act of 1997 and bravely stood up to pushers like the ruthless Russian Mob.
They believe the gangsters put a contract out on Sonny's life after they were unable to blackmail him into taking the pressure off their growing empire, Top secret Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) files-- obtained under the Freedom of Information Act-- support his shocking conclusion.
SONNY BONO WAS MURDERED
Insiders say the deadly scenario probably played out like this: a woman pretending to have fallen after skiing off the trail sets the trap by calling out Sonny for help.
But just as he nears the damsel in distress, he sees two menacing thugs emerge from the nearby woods on skiis. Realizing he's been set up, Sonny hightails it down the run in a desperate bid to save his life. The assassins follow in hot pursuit until their dire work is done-- Sonny loses control and crashes into a tree.
Investigators have pored over security videotapes and have pinpointed three mysterious figures, a woman and two men. Only the woman was registered as a guest at the Heavenly Resort lodge, and it was later learned she paid with a stolen credit card.