Misty Upham Family: Death Was Accidental After Slipping Off Cliff, Not A Suicide

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Misty Upham Slipped Off Cliff

By Michael Lewittes

Misty Upham Slipped Off Cliff

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Misty Upham, the August: Osage County actress who was found dead in a ravine in Auburn, Washington on Thursday, slipped off a cliff and died accidentally, her family now says.

Initially, Upham’s family said she had been on medication for mental health issues and was potentially suicidal, noting in the past year the police have responded on four separate occasions to suicide calls from her apartment. But Upham’s family, in a lengthy post on Facebook on Friday, says the actress’ death was “accidental,” and stresses, “She did not commit suicide.”

The Facebook statement, signed by various members of Upham’s family, reads, “We believe she ran into the wooded area behind her apartment to hide from the police. The area in question has a hidden drop off and evidence suggests that she slipped and fell off of the steep embankment when she tried to get out of a view from the road. She simply did not see the drop off… You just can’t see the steep drop until it’s to (sic) late.”

The family says the actress ran from the police with “good reason” because officers had previously had run-ins with Upham when taking her involuntarily, due to her mental health issues, to the emergency room. During a prior transportation, claims the family, officers “taunt[ed] and tease[ed] her while she was in the [squad] car.” “They were tapping on the window making faces at her. Misty was crying,” writes the family on Facebook, adding that somehow or another when she arrived at the hospital, she hada swollen jaw, black eye and scratches and bruises on her shoulder.”

Police came again to take Upham to the ER on the day she disappeared. The family contends Upham went outside her apartment to avoid the cops, and that they would have watched over her, but the police made them stay inside the building, and that’s when Upham went missing. “We believe that if we were not otherwise occupied we may have found Misty before she got hurt,” reads the family’s Facebook post, adding, “The real tragedy is this could have been prevented on a lot of levels.”

There’s talk that the family may have changed its view of a potential suicide to accidental death because of various insurance implications. Those claims have yet to be confirmed or denied.

Juliette Lewis alleged earlier on Friday that Upham had “known enemies” and might have been “murdered.”

As Gossip Cop reported, Upham was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her work in 2008′s Frozen River. She is also set to appear in the new Jennifer Aniston movie Cake.

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