Valentino Dies

Valentino Dies

The death of silent-screen idol Rudolph Valentino sends his fans into a hysterical state of mass mourning. More than 100,000 faithful paid tribute at his open coffin. Actress Pola Negri, reportedly inconsolable, sent 4,000 roses. Many suicide attempts were also reported. The Italian-born actor, who established a reputation as the archetypal screen lover in romantic dramas such as The Sheik, was 31 years old. He died suddenly from a ruptured ulcer.