This photo ran in the Arizona Daily Star Oct. 13, 1940.

Tom Mix, hero of silent film westerns, died Oct. 12, 1940, in a car crash near Florence, Arizona.

His car overturned and he was pinned, but his death was caused by a heavy suitcase that hit his head and broke his neck during the accident.

Mix had left Tucson that day for Phoenix and was serving as an advance agent for a circus.

From the Arizona Daily Star, Oct. 13, 1940 (click on the PDF for the full story):

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