Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Carroll O'connor Identifies Man as His Dead Son's Drug Supplier

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Carroll O'connor Identifies Man as His Dead Son's Drug Supplier

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Hours after the suicide of Carroll O'Connor's drug-addicted son, police on Wednesday arrested a man the actor identified as his son's dealer.

The suspect, Harry T. Perzigian, 39, of Los Angeles, was booked for investigation of cocaine possession, said Officer Rigo Romero.

Shortly after 32-year-old Hugh Edward O'Connor killed himself Tuesday, Carroll O'Connor told reporters that Perzigian was his son's drug supplier.

"These dealers, they kill people," O'Connor said outside his son's home in Pacific Palisades. "They make a living giving people the means to kill themselves. Harry, I want to see you someday."

O'Connor, 71, best known for playing Archie Bunker in "All In The Family," had called police earlier Tuesday, saying his son was despondent and had access to guns.

A crisis negotiator and special weapons team were dispatched to the son's home, but the younger O'Connor was already dead. Police ruled the shooting death a suicide and said they found a note.

"My son Hugh, a beautiful boy, has been an addict of various drugs and substances for about 16 years. …

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