Skylar Lynnae Neil Biography
Skylar lynnae Neil was in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA. She was the beloved daughter of Motley Crue lead singer, Vince Neil and Sharise Ruddell. Step-sister of Neil Wharton.
Skylar Lynnae Neil Age
Skylar was born on March 26, 1991 in in Los Angeles. She died on August 15, 1995 with four years old.
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Skylar Lynnae Neil Parents
Skylar was born as slylar Lynnae Neil in Los Angeles. She was the daughter of Vince Neil best known as the lead vocalist of heavy metal band Mötley Crüe and Sharise Ruddell, a mud wrestler and fashion model. She is the granddaughter to Shirley (née Ortiz) and Clois “Odie” Wharton.
Her parents, bought a home in Chatsworth in 1991, a few miles east of Boeing’s Rocketdyne Division. In 1996 Boeing acquired the property when it bought Rockwell International’s aerospace and defense businesses. Skylar’s parents divorced in 1993 when she was 2 years old.
In April 1987, Vince Neil married mud wrestler and fashion model, Sharise Ruddell.
Skylar Lynnae Neil Mother
Vince Neil married mud wrestler and fashion model, Sharise Ruddell in April 1987. Four years later, the couple had their first and only child together – their daughter, Skylar.
Shortly after Skylar was born, Vince and Sharise divorced. Vince then started dating Playboy Playmate Heidi Mark – who later became his second wife.
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After the death of Vince Neil’s daughter Skylar of cancer after months of pain at the age of four in August 1995, Vince threw himself into a self-destructive phase worse than anything he’d ever done previously.
Vince knew it was the worst thing he’d ever had to deal with, but it came during a legal battle following his split with Motley Crue and also an unpleasant separation from his soon-to-be ex-wife, Skylar’s mother.
During the months that followed, Vince found himself angry and suicidal, and hiding behind alcohol and drugs. His ex wife Sharuse even suggested he never managed to deal with it at all.
Months of torment followed with each surgery doctors found that the cancer was worse than anticipated and too dangerous to fully remove. Most of parts of Skylar’s vital organs were removed in a bid to contain the disease until finally the tumor itself was in a condition to be removed.
Vince asked to look at it and found that it weighed six and a half pounds,”Vince remembered. “That’s how much Skylar had weighed when she was born. … I had never seen anything like it before: it was the face of evil. It lay spread out in a metal pan, a nacreous mess of shit.”
While attempts to cure her continued, her parents found a middle ground as they took turns spending time with their her. Even Neil’s new girlfriend Heidi was part of the efforts to keep Skylar’s spirits up.
Vince girlfriend Heidi helped arrange visits from actors dressed as Disney characters, while Neil organized screenings of pre-release kids’ movies. When Vince realized the ward had only one TV, he bought more sets, along with DVD players, for the other young patients.
“It doesn’t seem like much, but little things can make a whole lot of difference when you’re a kid in the hospital,” he said in his 2010 memoir Tattoos & Tequila.
However, he wasn’t able to cope with the personal anguish. “I would stay at the children’s hospital as long as they’d let me, then I’d drive straight to Moonshadows in Malibu and get liquored up with the regulars until I couldn’t remember my own name,” he said in 2001.
“I knew it was wrong to be drinking at this time, but it was the only way I could keep from going completely crazy.”
He recalled returning to the hospital with a giant stuffed panda, only to be met with the news that Skylar’s left kidney had become infected. “That’s all she’s got left,” he told the doctor. “What does this mean?” It meant another surgery – her sixth – leading Neil to ask, “How much more can she take?” The answer was not much. After that operation Skylar fell into a coma.
“Her little body just couldn’t take any more,” he said. “When your body starts to fall apart, there’s no one who can fix the machine. They can only keep it running for a little while longer. And sometimes I wonder whether I did the right thing by keeping Skylar running for so long, keeping her in such pain for five months – one-tenth of her entire life.”
He knew the inevitable end was approaching, and that only made his drinking worse. “I cut the most pathetic figure: a father who just couldn’t deal with the pain of knowing that soon he would have to undergo the worst tragedy that a parent can bear – having to bury his own daughter,” he recalled.
“I would have been willing to lay down my own life if it would have helped. I had never thought anything like that before – not about my wives, not about my parents, not about anybody. Perhaps that was why I was trying to kill myself with drink, so that somehow I could martyr myself and exchange my suffering for hers.”
When Sharise called to tell Neil to get back to the hospital as soon as he could, he arrived soon after Skylar had died in her sleep on Aug. 15, 1995.
“Her eyes had opened with a momentary flesh of fear and met her mother’s in search of an answer,” he recalled. “‘Don’t be scared, sweetie,’ Sharise had reassured her, squeezing her hand. ‘Go to sleep now. It’s all right.’ And so Skylar slept.
In the meantime, I sat in traffic on the Pacific Coast Highway and, for an instant, my heart jumped in my chest. … Afterward, I realized that when the woman that I loved most in the world left, my heart knew it, and for a moment, wanted to catch up with her and join her.”
In The Dirt, Neil wrote about the difficulty of attending the funeral, but in Tattoos & Tequila, he revealed he hadn’t been able to bring himself to be there. “There was no way I could go at that point,” he said.
Meanwhile, he recalled he “added pills” to his drinking as he “blamed himself for Skylar’s death.” “I was confused and fucked up,” he noted. “Women, alcohol and golf were my tickets out of Realityville.”
While a number of attempts at rehab failed, he finally faced his feelings after scoring a personal best at golf and querying why he felt so good about it, given the circumstances.
“It occurred to me that maybe I really did need a better way to work through my emotions,” he said. “There was a lot of grief inside me, though it didn’t really occur to me then … it would be years before I would realize the toll of a lifetime of strife.”
Instead of trying rehab for substance abuse again, he underwent grief counselling, and that helped him deal with his issues. “I had made it through to the other side,” he said.
“The first thing I did when I got out of rehab was visit Skylar’s grave for the first time. … Instead of bursting into tears, I was able to smile as I talked with her and remembered all the things we used to laugh and joke about.”
Sharise also had her say in Tattoos & Tequila, noting that, in their seven years of marriage, Neil had never talked about the 1984 death of Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle in the car he was driving.
“Vince doesn’t like to deal with emotions like that,” she said. “He doesn’t ever feel things deeply, maybe. He doesn’t let himself. … He would cry when he was in trouble and he wanted you to know he wanted to work stuff out. He showed love and affection, but he didn’t show sadness. He was comfortable with anger.”
In the following years, Vince who has two older children from a previous marriage set up the Skylar Neil Foundation to raise funds for children with cancer; to date it’s generated millions of dollars to help with treatment and research.
Neil, who’d also hit financial rock-bottom during her illness, settled his differences with Motley Crue, rejoined the band and rekindled his fortunes.
However in the 2010 book, Vince recalled that “over the agonizing months that my little girl lay dying, I never once heard from any of my former bandmates. … Sure, we were at war, legally speaking, but as far as I was concerned, all our petty squabbles and hissy fits paled in comparison with what I was going through.”
More positively, he referred to the track “Skylar’s Song” on his 1995 solo album Carved in Stone, and the good works of the foundation, as “my daughter’s legacy, my monuments to her memory.”
Cancer | Death
What was first thought to be appendicitis turned out to be a cancerous tumour around her abdomen. Skylar underwent several operations, but each time doctors found the tumour to be worse than they had anticipated.According to Neil, the tumour weighed six and half pounds. The singer revealed in painful detail that “that’s how much Skylar had weighed when she was born…I had never seen anything like it before: it was the face of evil. It lay spread out in a metal pan, a nacreous mess of sh*t.”
Both Vince and Sharise spent endless hours at Skylar’s bedside, before she passed away on 15 August, 1995. Skylar, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in April 1995 and died four months later.Skylar came down with flu symptom in early April of 1995s , during the night she was in intense pain and was rushed to the hospital, at first it was thought to be her appendix. She was operated and during the operation the doctors discovered that Skylar had a tumor in the area behind her stomach.
The worst thing is that the tumor had ruptured, and other tumors were discovered. Vince daughter Skylar fought a hard fight against the cancer that was devastating her body. However through it all she never lost her spirit. Skylar went home to play with the angels on August 15th, 1995. Skylar’s father Vince he said “after we buried skylar I sedated myself on pills and alcohol. I couldn’t take it. “For months I really tried to kill myself. I wanted to die. It went on for two years after she passed away — I was in eight our nine rehabs. I felt she was waiting for me, and the only place I wanted to go was to her.
“One night I was lying in bed with her blanket, still wanting to die. I was sound asleep — and there was a little tug on the blanket. I woke up, opened my eyes and the door was open. “I was scared. I didn’t know what was going on — but it was her.” In 1999 Vince father to Skylar sued Boeing North American Inc. claiming that his daughter’s death by cancer in 1995 was caused by radioactive material dumped in the soil and ground water near his former home near the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.
The suit claims that Boeing, Rockwell and Rocketdyne knowingly dumped hazardous materials, such as plutonium and uranium, near the Neils’ Summit Ridge Circle residence southeast of Simi Valley
Skylars father Vince Neil has since founded Skylar Neil Foundation, whose mission is to honor her daughter Skylar by raising money and awareness through unique charitable events and activities it sponsors, and, grant and award the money raised to medical, research, and educational institutions/groups/individuals who are doing breakthrough work to find cures for cancer, AIDS, and other diseases.
In 2010 Skylar’s father and the Skylar Neil Foundation had donated nearly two million dollars to various charitable organizations, including the T.J. Martell Foundation and the Lili Claire Foundation, who share a dedication to this cause.