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L.A. Porn Star Sledge Hammer Dies after being Tased by Police

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A veteran of the adult film industry from the San Fernando Valley died in Los Angeles, California, on Friday, five days after a violent confrontation with law enforcement.

Marland Anderson (pictured), star of over 800 movies under the stage name “Sledge Hammer,” was taken off life support at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, according to NBC Los Angeles. Five days earlier, Police discovered Anderson, 39, unconscious in his Reseda apartment after an apparent suicide attempt.

Anderson’s girlfriend, porn starlet Alexa Cruz, told police at the scene that Anderson tried to kill himself with a knife and that she confiscated the blade from him for his own safety. During the ambulance ride to the hospital, Anderson broke free from his restraints provoking a police officer present to shoot him with a taser.

Fast forward five days, a troubled but healthy actor is dead and his friends and family are crying “excessive force.”

Director Stoney Curtis, who worked with Anderson for over 20 years, claims that Anderson suffered a heart attack after being tased and died of massive swelling in the brain caused by loss of oxygen.

"The police came and instead of trying to talk to him or grab him and get him to the ground, or the paramedics giving him a sedative, they decided to break out their tasers and just tasered him excessively until the point where he went into cardiac arrest," said Curtis." After he went into cardiac arrest, they rushed him to the hospital and revived him. But they estimated that his heart had stopped beating for 10 minutes."

Curtis attributes Anderson’s suicidal depression to mild schizophrenia and excessive marijuana use.

"It turned out he genetically had a mild form of schizophrenia, and it wasn't a problem until he started smoking pot and taking various things for depression," said Curtis.

Despite accounts from Anderson’s friends to contrary, as of Sunday, the coroner's office had yet to determine a cause of death.


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