Heather O'Rourke

Birth Name:
Heather Michele O'Rourke
Birth Date:
December 27, 1975
Birth Place:
San Diego, California
Death Date:
February 1, 1988
Place of Death:
Children’s Hospital of San Diego, San Diego, California
Cause of Death:
Congenital stenosis of the intestine causing septic shock
Cemetery Name:
Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Show Business
Heather O’Rourke was the terrified youngster sucked into a spectral vacuum by supernatural spirits in the “Poltergeist” films and was featured in such television shows as Happy Days, Webster and Still the Beaver. She played the angelic Carol Ann Freeling in all three Poltergeist movies fondly remembered for her catch phrase, "They're baaaack." Heather had just completed filming on Poltergeist III when she complained of abdominal pain, was rushed to the hospital on died on the operating table from septic shock caused by intestinal stenosis.

Fun Fact

Heather O’Rourke bet out dozens of young girls including Drew Barrymore for the role of Carol Ann Freeling in the Poltergeist movies. But don’t feel bad for Drew – she ended up starring in the movie E.T.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery

1218 Glendon Avenue

Los Angeles, California, 90024


North America


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Grave Location:

Mausoleum, Outside Wall Unit

Grave Location Description

As you enter the cemetery park immediately and walk to the mausoleum outside wall closest to the entry gates. Heather is interred in the center on the bottom row next to Truman Capote.

Grave Location GPS

34.058664, -118.441398

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