John DeLorean, a former General Motors executive and creator of the gull-winged car, above, adapted as Michael J. Fox's time-traveling vehicle in the "Back to the Future" films, was arrested in a Los Angeles hotel room on Oct. 19, 1982, and charged with possession of and conspiracy to distribute 59 pounds of cocaine. The innovative carmaker -- tall, handsome, charismatic, known for his flashy clothes, his lavish tastes and the beautiful women who accompanied him -- was acquitted in 1984, but his DeLorean Motor Co. had been fatally wounded. He died in 2005.
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