This Day in History: 1964-12-11
Cooke was killed at the age of 33 on December 11, 1964, at the Hacienda Motel, in Los Angeles, California. Answering separate reports of a shooting and a kidnapping at the motel, police found Cooke’s corpse. He had sustained a gunshot wound to the chest, which was later determined to have pierced his heart. The motel’s manager, Bertha Franklin, claimed to have shot him in her defense. Her account was immediately disputed by Cooke’s acquaintances, none of whom were present at Cooke’s killing.