“Sledge Hammer” the star of over 800 adult films died last Friday after attempting suicide and then after police had to resort to using tasers multiple times to subdue him. Marland Anderson was his given name, but on April 8th the 6’4″ full muscled out man was confronted by police who had responded to a report of his attempted suicide. Police were unable to control Hammer, who was in a crazed state and suffering from a self inflicted knife wound, and had to taser him “excessively” after he broke free from gurney restraints to get control of the hulking man. Police report that as many as eight officers were unable to control Hammer and tasers had to be used. Friends and family accuse the police of resorting to using a taser because they think the police were intimidated by Hammer’s size.
Its alleged that the tasers stopped his heart for as many as ten minutes before it could be restarted and he fell into a coma and suffered massive brain swelling. His mother was forced to remove Hammer from life support on Thursday night.
Hammer was a long time sufferer of depression, anxiety and even from schizophrenia – which was not helped by Hammer’s marijuana use. His girlfriend, Alexa Cruz, was insistent that he was not abusing her, “This was not a domestic violence situation at all so I want to make that totally clear. This man was being tortured by his own mind and suffering from severe insomnia.”
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