Cult icon DAVID HESS, the crazed star of LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, and ELVIS songwriter, has died at 69.
David's family broke the news on his Facebook page that he passed away in his sleep.
"It is with great sadness that we have said our last goodbyes to our beloved dad and friend to all. David passed away peacefully last night. The Mad Hessian lives on in his family, friends, and all of his devoted fans. Sing a song in celebration of his life."
AICN reported that Hess best known mostly for his psychotic roles in Wes Craven’s “The Last House on the Left” and Ruggero Deodato’s “The House on the Edge of the Park”, Hess’ life was more interesting off camera than in front of it.s more fascinating the more you look into it.
Hess began his career as a singer/songwriter and, at the age of 15, he was working at Shalimar Music, writing songs for Elvis, the Ames Brothers, Andy Williams and Pat Boone.
In 1972 he made a detour into cult film iconography as he played psychotic rapist Krug Stillo in Craven’s early film.
Hess’ background in music wasn’t thrown on the tracks as he composed and performed much of the soundtrack for "The Last House on the Left".
He later also wrote much of the music used in Eli Roth’s debut fear fest, “Cabin Fever”.