Newton-John and McDermott dated for nine years before he went missing during a fishing trip. However, no one seemed to know what actually happened to him. Theories ranged from suicide to accidental death.
“To come up with the conclusion that he fell off the boat, and allegedly no-one saw him fall off the boat is the most preposterous thing I’ve ever heard in my life,” said investigator John Nazarian.
22 passengers were on board the fishing boat Freedom, yet none witnessed anything happening to McDermott. He wasn’t reported missing until Newton-John reported that he failed to show up at a family function.
After a two-month search, U.S. investigators revealed the McDermott had, in fact, faked his own death, and he had recently filed for bankruptcy. He had over $30,000 in debt and owed $8,000 in child support to his ex-wife.
Though it was then widely believed that McDermott was still alive, he was nowhere to be seen. Now, however, he has been spotted in Mexico with a woman with a German accent. The woman is presumed to be his girlfriend.
Perhaps life in the fast lane with Olivia Newton-John was just a bit too much for McDermott to handle.
Klein stated that he also received a call from McDermott’s lawyer: “His lawyer called from Mexico City and said that Patrick didn’t want to be bothered. He hadn’t faked anything. He just wanted to get away from the drama.”