Heather Michele O’Rourke (December 27, 1975 – February 1, 1988) was an American child actress. She had her breakthrough starring as Carol Anne Freeling in the supernatural horror film Poltergeist (1982), which received critical acclaim and established her as an influential figure in the genre. She went on to reprise the role in Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) and Poltergeist III (1988), the latter of which was released posthumously.
O’Rourke also worked in television, appearing in the recurring roles of Heather Pfister on the comedy series Happy Days (1982–1983) and Melanie in the sitcom Webster (1983), as well as starring as Sarah Brogan in the television-film Surviving: A Family in Crisis (1985).
Illness and death
In early 1987, O’Rourke became ill with giardiasis, which she contracted from well water at her family’s home in Big Bear Lake. She was subsequently diagnosed as having Crohn’s disease. She was prescribed cortisone injections to treat the disease during the time she was filming Poltergeist III. The steroidal injections resulted in facial swelling of the cheeks, which O’Rourke’s mother said she was very self-conscious about.
On January 31, 1988, O’Rourke began exhibiting flu-like symptoms. The following morning, she collapsed in her home, and was rushed to Community Hospital in El Cajon. En route, she suffered cardiac arrest, but paramedics were able to restart her heart at 9:25 a.m. She was subsequently flown to the Children’s Hospital of San Diego, where it was discovered she had intestinal stenosis and went into emergency surgery. She survived the surgery, but suffered another cardiac arrest while in the recovery room. Doctors performed CPR for over 30 minutes, but finally, O’Rourke was pronounced dead at 2:43 p.m. that afternoon. O’Rourke’s cause of death was ruled congenital stenosis of the intestine complicated by septic shock.
Daniel Hollander, the head of gastroenterology at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center stated that O’Rourke’s death was “distinctly unusual” as she lacked prior symptoms of the bowel defect: “I would have expected a lot of [digestive] difficulties throughout her life and not just to have developed a problem all of a sudden.” However, Dr. Hollander further stated that it was possible for congenital bowel narrowing to cause sudden death without symptoms if an infection caused the bowel to rupture. A private funeral was held for O’Rourke on February 5, 1988, in Los Angeles. She was entombed at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.
Top Lawyer Confirms ‘Poltergeist’ Child Actor Killed by Hollywood Pedophile Ring
A top entertainment lawyer has confirmed that the child star of movie Poltergeist, Heather O’Rourke, was killed by an elite Hollywood pedophile ring.
The young actor played Carol-Anne Freeling in all three of Steven Spielberg’s Poltergeist films and also had parts in popular TV shows Webster and Happy Days.
Perhaps her most famous moment was her line “they’re here” in the first Poltergeist movie.
Heather tragically died in 1988 aged just 12-years-old from intestinal stenosis after a bowel obstruction had caused a fatal infection that brought on septic shock resulting in cardiac arrest.
Now, a top attorney has come forward with evidence that Heather was raped by powerful movie business elites on the set of a TV show called “Rocky Road.”
He claims that it was this attack, which was one of many, that ultimately led to her untimely death.