Dearly Departed Tours began operations in 2005 and has escorted over 35,000 people through "A trip down bad memory lane." - NY Daily News

The tour was recently the focus of E! Show Hollywood Death Trip and has been featured on Haunted Collector, Haunted History, Anthony Bourdain's The Layover, and The Girls Next Door, E! 20 Most Horrifying Hollywood Murders!

"Insightful and highly recommended" - Time Out

"Creepy, hilarious, but not for kids or the prissy!" -  Lonely Planet

Scott Michaels is the founder of Dearly Departed Tours. A lifelong fan of the "Dearly Departed", Scott came to Hollywood to become part of the infamous hearse-driven Grave Line Tours of Hollywood.  With the demise of Grave Line, Scott launched Dearly Departed Tours.  Scott is the creator of the infamous  "Deliciously Twisted." - San Francisco Chronicle

In 2012 the Dearly Departed Gallery  was opened on the legendary Sunset Blvd.  The Gallery houses one-of-a-kind artifacts like Rock Hudson's Death Bed, Jayne Mansfield's suitcase rescued from her fatal crash, bricks from Sharon Tate's fireplace and the door from the hotel room in which Divine died.

Dearly Departed Tours was launched on January 1, 2005.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
  Date Attended Gender Age Where From Group Type
Rating: 4
Tragical & TMZ
Sun, Apr 24  12:00 PM Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
Attended: Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour
This is a fun and interesting tour of the macabre spots around Hollywood, with a bit of a "TMZ" thrown in (like having homes of living celebrities pointed out, or places where celebrities have been caught behaving badly). The stop at the cemetery in Westwood is a highlight: being able to visit Marilyn Monroe's final resting place, along with Dean Martin's crypt, Natalie Woods, and other greats, was pretty cool. The guides are very knowledgable and entertaining, but be prepared for jokes which may make you groan or even wince (meaning bad puns and dark humor, but they still made me laugh).

My only real complaint about the tour is that my view was severely limited at times simply because I am tall: I was seated in a "middle" seat (next to the aisle, on the left) and could only see half of the first floor of everything on the right unless I ducked down and leaned into my neighbor's lap--and even then I didn't see much more. So, if there was anything of note above the first floor of a building I couldn't see it at all (which was almost everything). I'm sure this can't be a problem exclusive only to tall people, since it seems reasonable that most others who are seated in that middle seat would have the same issue due to the sight lines being blocked by the ceiling of the van. If the tour vans had windows in the roof this would greatly help with this problem.
Rating: 4
Left wanting more?
Sun, Apr 24  12:00 PM Male 30-39 Local Group of Friends
Attended: Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour
I feel like there was opportunity to go by the Menendez House, the Brown/Simpson house, and other tragic locations in Beverly Hills/Brentwood/Hollywood that were missed. However, the driver was very entertaining and knowledgable. Westwood Cemetary was great!
Rating: 5
Awesome tour just as expected!
Sat, Apr 23  9:00 AM Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Attended: Helter Skelter Tragical History Tour
What else can I say besides awesome? Scott surely knows what he is doing and we loved the tour! Can't say a bad thing about it, if you are into LA or the history you cannot miss out on this great tour. It is worth every penny.
Rating: 5
Excellent time!
Fri, Apr 22  12:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Attended: Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour
Great time on this tour. We learned way more than the "dead" stories of Hollywood. They also have an impressive collection in their store. I highly recommend this tour.
Rating: 5
Our dearly departed tour
Tue, Apr 19  12:00 PM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Attended: Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour
The tour is the facts that hands on to us while on our way to different areas.the tour guide is a little fast talk that somewhat we dont catch up a little of his facts.but definitely ill recommend it to anyone loving hollywoods secrets!