An actress who played in Disney’s 1982 sci-fi film TRON and alongside actor Chevy Chase in the film Caddyshack was found dead, and her cryptic social media post just before her death, as well as some of her final text messages about the FBI, seem somewhat eerily prophetic, if not extremely concerning.
Actress Cindy Morgan was found deceased in her home on December 30, 2023, just before 11:00 p.m. local time, but news of her death did not break until a week later on January 6, 2024. So far, there’s been no explanation for the delay in the news of the actress’s death.
No Word From the Actress Leads to a Sad Discovery
A woman who was identified as Morgan’s roommate told deputies with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office that she had not seen Morgan since returning from a holiday trip, and when she knocked on Morgan’s door, there was no response.
She also described a “strong odor coming from [Morgan’s] room” in her conversations with law enforcement officers. Morgan’s roommate told authorities that she had not seen Morgan alive since December 19, 2023, six days before Christmas.
An Acting Career That Took Off in 1980
Cindy Morgan began her acting career by filming commercials for Irish Spring soap in the 1970s, but her first starring screen role was in 1980 alongside actors Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield, and Brian Doyle-Murray in the sports comedy Caddyshack. Morgan played the role of bombshell Lacey Underall. In an interview in 2012, Morgan talked about the film, explaining that the final product was very different than how it was first written.
“Caddyshack was my first film, and I’ll say that the end product was so completely different,” Morgan said. “It was originally about the caddies. So, at first, I had nothing to lose to audition. It was fun. All I did was focus on making the person sweat. Look ’em in the eye, do that thing many women know how to . . . ”
In another interview about the 1980 film, Morgan talked about her favorite scene being one she filmed with actor Chevy Chase, during which she sings him a song. Morgan said the scene was not scripted, rehearsed, “or even discussed ahead of time.”
“Chevy [Chase] plays a few bars, and then he snorts the salt,” Morgan explained. “You can see me take a couple of beats while I realize what’s happening and that this would be a scene in the film. I had a big wad of gum in my mouth and blew a bubble at him.”
A Starring Role in a Landmark Disney Film
Two years later, Morgan appeared alongside actors Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner in a project by Walt Disney Pictures that was a landmark, history-making film for the industry that led to some of Disney’s more recent films. The actress starred in Disney’s Tron (1982), the first-ever computer-generated film in Hollywood, as two characters: Lora, a real-world computer programmer, and Yori, her character’s alter-ego in the CG flights in the film.
According to John Lasseter, former Chief Creative Officer at Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios, the computer animation for the first Tron film was mind-boggling.
“For me, this was some of the very first computer animation I had ever seen, and it was so exciting,” Lasseter said. “The first scene that I remember them working on was the lightcycle sequence, and it absolutely blew me away.”
Lasseter also said that the 1982 film paved the way for Pixar’s Toy Story films. “I think it really will always stand as one of the milestones of computer animation,” Lasseter explained. “I mean, without Tron, there would be no Toy Story.”
Morgan’s Television Career
Morgan also had parts in numerous television shows and series. She played two roles in the CBS primetime soap opera Falcon Crest, which aired on the network from December 4, 1981, to May 17, 1990. She played the character Lori Chapman in the first season of the soap opera, and in the sixth and seventh seasons, she played a character named Gabrielle Short. In all, she starred in 16 episodes of the series.
The actress also had a role in two episodes of the ABC series Matlock, starring TV veteran Andy Griffith, as well as minor roles in other shows, including CHiPs, The Larry Sanders Show, The Love Boat, and Amazing Stories.
A “Cryptic” Post and the FBI
According to The Palm Beach Post, Morgan’s final social media post on X was made on December 21, 2023, but another post made by the actress on December 17, 2023, seemed “cryptic” in nature, according to The Wrap.
In the post, Morgan wrote, “All I want for Christmas is a safe place to live! I’ve got two weeks.” She also included a photo of a young child with Santa Claus (perhaps a photo of the actress, though this isn’t clear), as well as two screenshots of a text message conversation about her plans to move.
All I want for Christmas is a safe place to live! 🎄I’ve got two weeks. pic.twitter.com/ZcnIBucCOS
— Cindy Morgan (@CindyMorgan_) December 17, 2023
In the screenshots, Morgan mentions someone being “a fraud,” as she explains she has no real estate agent assisting her in finding a new place to live. She also mentions the FBI twice, saying in one text message that she’s “sure the FBI wants to know all about this because [she’s] sure it happens more than once.”
According to The Wrap, “Morgan appeared to respond that she had no agent and that the person who identified themselves as such ‘is a fraud who got hold of me because I’m famous,’ adding, ‘He has no paperwork, no right and has been turned into the FBI.’ The person she texted with responded, ‘I don’t have time for [this] Cindy. I just need my place.'”
The true meaning behind the texts, however, is not clear at this time.
Morgan’s cause of death remains unknown at this time, but deputies with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office have said that foul play is not suspected in the case.