Date of Death: December 26, 1985
Age at Death: 53
Profession: American zoologist and author of "Gorillas in the Mist"
Fatal Details: Fossey was murdered in the bedroom of her cabin on Dec. 26, 1985. Her skull had been split by a panga (machete), a tool widely used by poachers, which she had confiscated years earlier and hung as a decoration on the wall of her living room adjacent to her bedroom.
Fossey was found dead beside her bed and 2 meters away from the hole in the cabin that was cut on the day of her murder. Despite the violent nature of the wound, there was relatively little blood in her bedroom, leading some to believe that she was killed before the head wound was inflicted, as head wounds, even superficial ones, usually bleed profusely.