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17 October 2019 19:01

While on scene, deputies identified the suspect as the Ely’s son, 30-year-old Cameron Ely.

Ron and Valerie first met after he found fame playing Tarzan on television. (Pictures: Getty) The wife of actor Ron Ely, who is best known for being the star of the 1960s Tarzan TV series, has been killed in tragic circumstances at the couple's home in California. Ron, who is now 81, and his wife lived in a luxury suburb of Hope Ranch in Santa Barbara, which is where police officers were called to on Tuesday evening local time. Ron, who retired from acting in 2001 apart from a brief appearance in TV movie Expecting Amish in 2014, and his wife were married for 35 years before her death and the couple had three children together, Kirsten, Kaitland, and Cameron. Who is Ron Ely's wife?

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Who is Ron Ely’s wife and what happened with his son, Cameron?

Ron Ely's wife was Valerie Lundeen, a devoted mother who once worked as a flight attendant before being crowned Miss Florida, USA in a beauty pageant in 1981. Valerie would later compete for the title of Miss USA. Her future husband, Ron, also had associations with the world of pageants, having hosted the Miss America competition for two years in a row in 1980 and 1981. Ron and Valerie got married in 1984 and had three children. The couple became grandparents for the first time in 2018 when their daughter Kaitland gave birth to her first child, a little boy. Ron and Valerie Ely with their children in 1992 (Picture: Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images) Valerie was 62 years old when she was killed. What happened with Ron Ely's son, Cameron Ely? Valerie was killed on Tuesday, October 15, when she was stabbed to death by her son, Cameron Ely at their family home in California on Tuesday evening, say police. Officers who were called to the scene in Santa Barbara reported that they found Valerie dead after having suffered: 'multiple stab wounds'. They found Cameron, who was 30, outside the home. He was deemed a threat after deputies were unable to 'gain verbal control of the suspect' and officers fired shots at him, fatally wounding Cameron and killing him at the scene. To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video The latest statement on the tragic incident from the Santa Barbara County sheriff reads: 'the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call at the home of actor Ron Ely. Advertisement 'Upon arrival, deputies contacted Ron Ely and discovered his wife, Valerie Lundeen Ely, 62, deceased with multiple stab wounds inside the home. While on scene, deputies identified the suspect as the Ely's son, 30-year-old Cameron Ely. 'Deputies searched the residence and surrounding area for Cameron Ely. During the search, the suspect was located outside the home. He posed a threat and in response four deputies fired their service weapons at the suspect, fatally wounding him. No deputies were injured during the confrontation with the suspect.' 'The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is conducting criminal, coroner's, and administrative investigations of this incident. Autopsies of both the victim and the suspect are pending. The names of the involved deputies will be released at a later date.' MORE: Tarzan actor Ron Ely's wife stabbed to death by couple's son before police shot him dead MORE: Helen Hunt rushed to hospital after car flips during violent vehicle collision