The heartbreaking feud involving drugs and a bitter custody battle that erupted between Kristin Harmon and her famous family and haunted them before the TV star's heart attack death

Mail Online | 9/17/1975 | Jessa Schroeder;Tracy Wright For Dailymail.com
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Life off-camera for the Harmon family was less than picture perfect.

NCIS actor Mark Harmon's sister Kristin passed away on April 27 from a sudden heart attack, her daughter Tracy Nelson announced in a statement. She was 72.

Adventures - Ozzie - Harriet - Actress - Rock

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet actress met rock star Ricky Nelson when she was only 12 years old - and the couple wed when she was 18 in 1963 - just six months before Kristin gave birth to their eldest daughter Tracy.

The couple endured trying times throughout their marriage, when they became wrapped up in a fame-inspired party lifestyle full of drinking, drugs and hazy nights, causing friction between the family.

Kristin - Cover - Story - Husband - Hippie

Kristin had revealed to People in a 1987 cover story that she and her husband 'were hippie rock 'n' rollers' who 'did what everyone else was doing all those years.'

'At first we were in it together... I tried to be one of the guys, to fix the marriage by going on the road and being involved in road stuff that is really not good for anyone,' she said.

Therapy - While - Family - Drug - Problem

'After awhile we were totally messed up, both of us. I got into therapy and so did he for a while but then he started not showing up. I tried telling my family, there's a drug problem here and we've all got to help. But they totally denied there was anything wrong.'

Kristin and Ricky also had twins Gunnar and Matthew in 1967, who eventually formed the rock band Nelson, and a fourth child, Sam, in 1974.

Marriage - Kristin - Divorce - Accusations - Drug

After a tumultuous marriage, Kristin filed for divorce in 1980, with rampant accusations of drug and alcohol abuse exchanged before the request was finalized in 1982.

Nearly five years later, Ricky died in a plane crash and Kristin signed herself into rehab at the request of Mark, according to the...
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