The Daily Telegraph (Aus), April 6, 2001

Keanu's lover dies in crash

by Darrell Giles

THE girlfriend of actor Keanu Reeves was killed in a car crash less than a year after the couple's daughter was still-born.

Jennifer Syme, 29, died instantly when her Jeep Cherokee 4WD hit three parked cars and overturned in North Hollywood. She had been treated for depression after her baby daughter was stillborn in January last year, Reeves told police after the accident, which happened about midday Wednesday, Sydney time.

The Los Angeles Coroners Office told Reeves, 36, Ms Syme appeared to have been on drugs.

Police found two rolledup $1 bills containing a white powdery substance and two bottles of antidepressant prescription pills in the car wreck.

Lieutenant Fred Corral, of the coroners office, said Ms Syme was not wearing a seat belt and she was thrown from the car.

He confirmed the bills and pills - clonazepam and cyclobenzaprine - had been marked as evidence in the investigation.

"We found some medication which we believe to be prescription drugs the deceased was receiving," Lt Corral said.

"Two one dollar bills which were rolled-up with a white powdery substance were also found inside the vehicle."

Lt Corral said Ms Syme's mother had also told the department her daughter was being treated for both back pain and depression following the still birth.

A post-mortem examination was carried out yesterday but the official cause of death was deferred pending further tests for drugs and alcohol in her system.

Lt Corral said a devastated Reeves contacted his office yesterday and confirmed Ms Syme was his girlfriend.

He said Ms Syme had been taking prescription drugs to treat depression after she lost the couple's baby, named months earlier as Eva Archer Reeves-Syme.

Ms Syme worked in the music industry. She had been an assistant to movie producer David Lynch and was seen in his film Lost Highway.

Reeves and Ms Syme did not live together, nor were there plans to get married.

But they were a couple and he had expressed his desire to play an important part in his daughter's life.

His own father, Samuel, a convicted drug addict, had played little part in his life and Reeves had told friends he would not make the same mistakes.

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Lives and Deaths of Jennifer and Ava


Lives and Deaths of Jennifer and Ava

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