Jon-Erik Hexum (November 5, 1957 – October 18, 1984) was an American model and actor.He died as a result of an accidental self-inflicted blank cartridge gunshot to the head on the set of the CBS television series Cover Up, in which he played the male lead.Skin that was donated was used to treat a 3½-year-old boy with third degree burns. He was cremated at Grandview Crematory in Glendale, California, and a private funeral was held.His ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean, near Malibu, California, by his mother. The episode on which Hexum had been working was broadcast on November 3, 1984, two weeks after Hexum's death.After pondering several development deals, Hexum came upon a project he felt had possibilities: Cover Up.When the series began production in 1984, Hexum played Mac Harper, an undercover CIA operative posing as a male model, opposite co-star Jennifer O'Neill.Hexum described the role as part "Indiana Jones, James Bond, Mr.Magoo, and Superman." According to then-girlfriend, actress and singer Elizabeth "E.
She has been in one celebrity relationship averaging approximately 9.3 years. Hexum was born in Englewood, New Jersey, to Gretha and Thorleif Hexum, who were of Norwegian descent.He and his elder brother, Gunnar, were raised in Tenafly, New Jersey, by their mother after their parents divorced when Hexum was four.On October 18, six days after the accident, Hexum was declared brain dead.With his mother's permission, his body was flown to San Francisco on life support, where his heart was transplanted into a 36-year-old Las Vegas man at California Pacific Medical Center.Hexum's kidneys and corneas were also donated: One cornea went to a 66-year-old man, the other to a young girl.