Tiani Warden was the ex-wife of actor Gary Busey, has died at the age of 52. She is an actress, known for The Chain (1996), The Rage (1997) and Rough Riders (1997).
According to TMZ, Warden, 52, was arrested on Nov. 3, 2019, for public intoxication and booked. On Nov. 4, 2019, she was found unresponsive in her cell at Hunt County Detention Center.
Per the outlet, citing the Dallas County Medical Examiner, the cause of death was listed as an “accident.” She reportedly died from the toxic effects of cocaine — and chronic ethanol likely contributed to her death — according to TMZ, citing the medical examiner. She was pronounced dead at the hospital, FoxNews reports.
“On November 4th, 2019 at approximately 2:30 p.m. Ms. Warden was found unresponsive in her cell,” a press release obtained by KLTV stated. “The detention officers and medical staff on duty immediately began life-saving measures until AMR arrived on scene and took over. Ms. Warden was transported by AMR to Hunt Regional Medical Center continuing life-saving measures during transport.”
“First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of Tiani Warden during a very difficult time,” Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said in the press release. “I want to commend the detention officers that did everything they could to revive Tiani Warden and following their training and protocols put in place.”
Tiani Warden Husband
The Lethal weapon star married Tiani in 1996. They starred in three movies – The Chain, The Rage and Plato’s Run, together. They divorced in 2001 and the vocal Trump supporter went on to find love with his now long-term fiancee, Steffanie Sampson.
Gary and his love are parents to son Luke, nine. At the time of Warden’s death, Busey was in a relationship with actress Steffanie Sampson. Warden accused Busey of being abusive in their marriage and 2014, Warden was quoted by The Sun “[Busey] put his face about an inch from mine and started screaming. He grabbed my neck and started choking me. I slid down on the couch to try and get his hands off my neck and he put his knee into my chest as he continued to choke me. I finally pushed him off me and ran to my car. He jumped on the hood but I drove to the police, who arrested him.”
Warden alleged, “Gary saw me pick up his cocaine to throw it out, he jumped a table and grabbed me, throwing me across the room. He dragged me out of the hotel room and down the hall, resulting in numerous bruises. His behavior is unpredictable. I am afraid for my safety.” Warden was later granted a restraining order against Busey.