NASCAR Champion Robby Gordon’s Father, Stepmother Died of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound, Strangulation

Update 8:20 p.m. ET:  According to police documents obtained by Us Weekly on Thursday, September 15, Bob Gordon died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and his wife, Sharon, died from strangulation. According to Lt. Fred Lopez of the Orange Police Department, law enforcement is investigating the deaths as a possible murder-suicide.

Robby Gordon told the OC Register that his father had missed a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday, and that is when a friend named Jay Hooker discovered the bodies inside their Orange, California, home.

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NASCAR driver Robby Gordon’s father, Bob Gordon, and his stepmother, Sharon Gordon, were found dead inside their Orange, California, home on Wednesday, September 14, the Associated Press reports. Bob was 68, and Sharon was 57.

Robert 'Baja Bob' Gordon and Sharon Gordon
Sharon Gordon and Robert 'Baja Bob' Gordon Courtesy of KTLA

An investigator at the scene told CBS L.A. they’re investigating whether the cause was murder-suicide. The AP reports that there was a rifle found inside the home.

Robby Gordon
Robby Gordon, son of Bob Gordon Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Orange Police Lt. Fred Lopez told USA Today in a statement that there’s “no cause of death at this time” and that law enforcement received a 911 call from a neighbor on Wednesday around 5 p.m. informing them that there were two bodies inside the residence.

"I'm so sad and I can't believe it,” Robby, 47, told the Associated Press on Wednesday. “The truth will com out, what went down here.”

According to neighbor Greg Saunders, Bob — who was an off-road racer — was a likable man.

“He’s a very nice, down-to-earth guy,” Saunders said of his neighbor, adding that Bob also had a horse-feed business and would deliver hay to neighbors “personally.”

According to the AP, autopsies are pending.  

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