In 1994, Savannah, or Shannon Michelle Wilsey, was going through hard times. She had drifted in and out of relationships with many high-profile rock stars, ranging from Gregg Allman and Billy Idol, to Axl Rose and Pauly Shore.
She was in a fierce battle with the IRS over mounting debts. She had recently been turned down by Hustler magazine for a photo spread (hrr), and the rejection was devastating. All this, and her continued drug use, combined to make her life miserable. Sadly, that would not last for very long.
On July 11, 1994, Savannah was returning to her rented home in the hills of Universal City, north of Hollywood. She was accompanied by Jason, a member of the rock group House of Pain.
He was house-sitting while they were on the road. At around 2 a.m., Savannah swerved from the road, driving through a picket fence and into a tree.
She totaled her Corvette.
She also broke her nose and suffered severe lacerations to her face.
For her, this was the beginning of the end.
Upon arriving home, she asked Jason to take her pet Rottweiler, Daisy, for a walk, and to go inspect the fence.
After he left, she phoned her manager, Nancy Pera. Savannah also worked as an exotic dancer, and commanded big bucks for her dancing, sometimes up to $5,000 an appearance. She was scheduled to leave in a few hours for a lucrative dance assignment, at Goldfinger's, in Nyack, NY. Crying, and barely coherent, she told Pera that she would have to cancel her gig, and that she needed plastic surgery. According to Pera, "Savannah was in a crunch for money. She saw her world collapsing". Sadly, this would prove to be very true.
When Jason returned minutes later, with Daisy, Savannah was nowhere to be found. Worried, he searched the house, finally coming to the garage. Upon opening the door, he found Savannah lying in a pool of blood on the floor, with a .40 Baretta between her legs. Unable to accept what had happened to her beautiful face, Savannah had decided to take her own life with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to her head.
She was only 23 years old.
Trivia: Although she had a reputation as a bitch, Savannah was also very generous with her money. She gave to many different charities, in particular the Pediatric Aids Foundation.
According to Savannah, Billy Idol liked for her to wear high heels during sex.