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.
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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.