Valley Radio Legend Bill Heywood and Wife Found Dead in Scottsdale Hotel; Suicide Pact Suspected
Valley radio legend Bill Heywood and his wife, Susan, were found dead yesterday afternoon at a Scottsdale hotel in what police suspect to be a double-suicide.
About 1 p.m. yesterday, housekeeping staff at the Homewood Suites hotel -- near the intersection of Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard -- found the Heywoods' bodies in the room they'd checked into the night before. Each, it appears, died from a gunshot wound to the head.
In addition to the bodies, the cleaning staff also found what reportedly was a suicide note, as well as two guns in close proximity to the bodies.
Police also found evidence at the Heywoods' Phoenix home that the couple had planned to kill themselves.
Scottsdale Sergeant Mark Clark says there's nothing indicate that anyone other than the Heywoods were involved in the shootings.
Heywood was on the air at the now-defunct KOY-FM for about 15 years. He also had several stints with KTAR and KFYI.
Recently, however, the Heywoods reportedly had financial issues -- the couple filed for bankruptcy in 2009, and recently lost their Biltmore-area home to foreclosure -- and Susan reportedly had medical problems.
Since news of his death broke last night, Heywood's Facebook page has become a cyber-memorial, with friends and fans expressing their shock over the apparent suicides. Check it out here.