Troubled actor Randy Quaid has offered up a new conspiracy theory surrounding the deaths of his famous friends - he believes they were "star whacked".
Holding back tears during an impromptu press conference following an immigration hearing in Vancouver, Canada on Thursday (28Oct10), the Brokeback Mountain star stated he believed Heath Ledger, Chris Penn and David Carradine were all murdered for being famous.
On Wednesday (27Oct10), the actor and his wife were released from custody in Vancouver, where they were being held on a California warrant issued after they failed to show up for an arraignment into a felony vandalism case earlier this month (Oct10).
And Quaid wasted no time in suggesting he had become a victim of the same type of people who killed his famous friends.
He told reporters, "We believe there are to be (sic) a malignant tumour of star whackers in Hollywood. How many people do you know personally who have died suddenly and mysteriously in the past five years?
"I have personally known eight actors, all of whom I have worked with and was close to - Heath Ledger, Chris Penn and David Carradine among them. I believe these actors were whacked and I believe that many others, such as Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and Mel Gibson are being played to get at their money."
The Quaids have been dogged with legal problems in the past year. The couple's woes began when they left a luxurious Santa Barbara, California resort without settling their bill. Their latest issue stems from allegations they were trespassing on an estate they once owned. The Quaids insist they still own the property.