Credit: Vince Bucci/Getty Images Photo: Kim Richards Arrives at a Los Angeles Lakers Charity Casino Night in Santa Monica on April 12, 2006

Star magazine has uncovered a painful story from Kim Richards’ past. If you were wondering why she seemed so sensitive and fragile, it might be because her former fiancé, John Collett, was murdered  outside  of Brent’s Deli, in the San Fernando Valley community of Northridge on October 28, 1991. Kim was actually on the phone with him just moments before he was gunned down in broad daylight.

Collett was a securities broker who was involved with a huge telemarketing fraud case. This somehow led to a murder-for-hire plot. In 1993, Marva DeCarlo Johnson, then 31, pleaded guilty to the murder of John Collett and is currently serving a minimum of 30 years in prison. It was actually Kim who had to identify her fiancé's body. Apparently, she hasn’t recovered from the trauma, but we hope Kim will move on from this tragedy soon.

Source: Star magazine, Los Angeles Times

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