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 November 19, 2022

Actress and former Playboy Playmate Kymberly Herrin, best known for role in "Ghostbusters" found dead at 65

Actress and former Playboy Playmate Kymberly Herrin died Oct. 28 in her Santa Barbara, California, home, the Daily Wire reported. She was 65 years old, and no cause of death has been provided.

Herrin was best known for her role as Dan Akroyd's ghostly love interest in the 1984 "Ghostbusters" film. In a 2021 interview in Polygon entertainment publication, Akroyd spoke of Herrin's now-infamous role.

"Yes, I remember the woman who played that," Aykroyd recalled. "Her name was Kym Herrin, and she was a Playboy Playmate," he said.

"She played the ghost. Like, I wish they'd let that scene go a little longer," Akroyd added.

Besides her spectral stardom, Herrin had parts in other major motion pictures of the decade. The same year "Ghostbusters" was released, the actress played alongside heavy hitters like Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas, and Danny DeVito in "Romancing the Stone."

In 1987, Herrin had a role in "Beverly Hills Cop II" starring legendary funnyman Eddie Murphy. She also landed a part in Patrick Swayze's 1989 hit "Road House," which is now on the brink of becoming a cult classic.

The actress was onscreen with the band ZZ Top in some of their most iconic music videos. Herrin appeared in the videos for the 1983 hits "Sharp Dressed Man" and "Gimmie All Your Lovin."

In 1984, Herrin appeared in the music video for "Legs," helping increase the popularity of the song. It would go on to become one of only two of the band's songs to break the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, topping out at number eight.

Prior to her acting career, Herrin was Playboy Playmate and cover girl for the magazine in September 1982. She also "graced the cover of over a dozen magazines, both local and international," her obituary in the Santa Barbara News-Press said.

Her last acting role was in "Squanders" which was released in 1996, though most of it was shot in the 10 years prior. Herrin was remembered by her family for her love of sailing and spent years living aboard a 75-foot yacht.

The obituary does not mention a spouse or any children. Herrin's surviving relatives asked that she be remembered through donations made to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research and treatment.

Herrin will be remembered for her beauty and sex appeal. However, the more important legacy people leave is in the hearts of their loved ones.

Written By:
Christine Favocci

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