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Jethro's Girlfriend Commits Suicide

1/30/2008 6:51 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The 30-year-old girlfriend of 70-year-old Max Baer, Jethro Bodine of "The Beverly Hillbillies," died Sunday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Lake Tahoe, Calif.

According to a sheriff's spokesman, Baer called 9-1-1 at 1:15 PM last Thursday after discovering Chere Rhodes unconscious in a bedroom, suffering from a gunshot wound. She apparently regained consciousness and told deputies she was trying to kill herself. A handwritten suicide note found at the scene confirmed that, cops said.

Rhodes was flown to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno where she was placed on life-support. Her condition did not improve and she died Sunday after her family requested she be taken off life-support.

No foul play is suspected.

Little known facts -- Baer also dated the late Sharon Tate, and Victoria Principal.


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To some of you the laguage was not called for. I'm abig fane of Max's and so sorry to hear about the death. It is fine that he wasnot living alone all these years. I hope the public will stand behind Max and be a big domfort for him at this time.

2425 days ago


Very many thanks for a good work. Nice and useful. Like it!

2380 days ago

nun ya    

Stand behind him he deserves nothing he killed her it all makes sense just because you see only how big he was back then doesnt mean he is a good guy he was in trouble before for domestic violence read up on his relationship with victoria principal and she was a beautiful person please keep looking for the truth we cannot rest until the truth is out She didnt deserve this we her family dont deserve this find the evidence you need to arrest him and put him away for life. I cant wait for the day i can look him in teh eye at court and say finally chere is at peace!!!

2424 days ago


Ok i was there two days before Chere shot herself... My uncle just got back from picking her up at the airport... we were all supposed to go eat sushi for my b-day which was the 21st . Chere was too tired to go out to eat with us so she went to her room and my Uncle max, my boyfriend and I went to eat... we came back and everything seemed to be ok... then I left on the 22nd... then i hear about this.... so sad.. and how DARE you even say such a thing that my Uncle would take her life...? from what i hear she tried it in the past with pills but this time took it to another level and shot herself... I feel for everyone i know how it is i lost my fater at age 8 from suicide and I thank GOD that i had Uncle Max to help me get through life... my God Father Max or what i call him Uncle Max would not do such a thing, he is a great person and always a hero in my eyes...

2421 days ago


Jolene, my heart goes out to you & all of Max's family. I'm an old friend. This is the first I heard of Chere's death. I know what a wonderful person Max is & how e must be hurting. I'm going to contact him & give him late condolences. He's always been there for me wwhen I needed a lift. Hopefully I can somehow lift his spirits a little.

2408 days ago


Dash Riprock -- still dashing at 70.
Who knew?

2427 days ago

John Cena fan    

He played Jethro Bodine on the show...his last name wasn't Clampett.

2427 days ago

Phony Tony    

So, TMZ, show us a picture of Max Baer today, ok?

We wanna see Max all grown up!

2427 days ago


Can you blame her?

2427 days ago

Bill GW Brown    














NOW LICK MY BUNGHOLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2427 days ago

Phony Tony    

Man, that was fast, TMZ!

You guys got speed!

2427 days ago


First of all, why does EVERY SINGLE comment section on the entire Internet have some idiot whose only comment is "FIRST!"? Who cares if you're first? Do you win a prize, or is this the high point of your day? Secondly, his mustache is crooked.

2427 days ago

Wow. Sorry to hear this. Sorry this young woman didn't feel life was worth living. RIP.

Wow again..didn't know Jethro was so old. Ding dang y' that makes me old too.

2427 days ago

diane range    

Okay..... that's a laugh...... #7 is not exactly first!!! Ha Ha!!

2427 days ago


Am I missing something or did they not give the woman's either first or last name? Who the hell is "Rhodes"?.....Rhodes what?

2427 days ago
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