Skylar Lynnae Neil Cause of Death: Untold Facts About Vince Neil’s Daughter

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Skylar Lynnae Neil is the late daughter of Vince Neil Wharton, the frontman of one of the most iconic heavy metal rock genre bands, Motley Crue. Skylar was Vince’s daughter with his second wife, Sharise Ruddell.

Over the years, Lynnae’s father, Vince, and his band members in addition to fame have also made several headlines for their backstage drama that mostly involved drugs and alcohol. On the other hand, some of the men from the group have also been hit by a few or two tragedies. One such instance is the death of Neil’s little girl, Skylar Lynnae Neil.

Skylar’s short life is one of the most tragic miseries a celebrity and his kid have ever experienced. She died at four whilst battling cancer in addition to months of pain. Her musician father says the death of his daughter is the worst thing he’s ever been through. Read what caused Skylar’s death, and what her final days looked like.

Skylar Lynnae Neil Birth And Her Parents

Vince’s daughter, Skylar was born on March 26, 1991. Her father, Neil is of Mexican descent from his mother’s side while his own father had Native American ancestry. Skylar supposedly grew up in Chatsworth, California.

The late Skylar Lynnae Neil as a baby with her mother Sharise Ruddell and her father Vince Neil
Vince Neil with his late daughter Skylar Lynnae Neil and his ex-wife Sharise Ruddell. Getty

Skylar’s mother, Sharise Ruddell is a former mud wrestler and fashion model. Ruddell married Neil in 1987 and four years later they would welcome their first child, Skylar. A few years later in 1993, Sharise and Neil separated.

During Skylar final moments, her parents had already ended their togetherness and were about to process their divorce.

Skylar Lynnae Neil Father, Vince Neil Had Several Partners

Lynnae’s singer father has had several relationships in the past. His first known girlfriend was Tami. The former couple however never married.

Vince was first married to Beth Lynn as mentioned. He then tied the knot with Skylar’s mother, Sharise Ruddell. Following Ruddell, Neil married a Playboy Playmate, Heidi Mark in 2000. This union ended the following year after which the Exposed singer married Lia Gerardini in 2005. However, Neil’s this marriage also ended in divorce; the Carved In Stone singer and Gerardini officially separated in 2010. As for the present, Skylar’s father, Vince is dating Rain Hannah or Rain Andreani.

Skylar Siblings; Her Father, Vince Has Two More Kids

Skylar’s father, Vince Neil had three children in total from his few or two relationships. So Skylar has two surviving half-siblings, Neil and Elizabeth.

Her father’s first child (a son) was from his relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Tami. Their child’s name is Neil Jason Wharton, he was born on Oct 3, 1978. Skylar also has an older surviving sister, Elizabeth Ashley Wharton. Elizabeth, born, in 1983, is Vince’s child with his first wife, Beth Lynn.

As for Skylar, she is Vince’s daughter from his second marriage. All in all, she is his third child.

Skylar Lynnae Neil Death; When Did She Start Having Health Problems?

The little girl’s health took a major turn in early April 1995 when Skylar came down with flu-like symptoms. It reportedly wasn’t serious at first but later at night, Skylar’s pain became intense and her mother rushed her to West Hills Medical Center.

When Skylar was admitted to the hospital, Vince had just taken part in a pro/celebrity motor race at the Long Beach Grand Prix. He received a phone call from his then-estranged wife, Sharise about his daughter’s hospitalization. Initially, doctors thought Skylar suffered a burst appendix but it later turned out to be a cancerous tumor around her abdomen. The disease in the medical term was Wilms’ tumor, a kidney cancer that affects children.

Skylar Lynnae Neil at the hospital with her father and Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil
Heavy metal singer Vince Neil with his daughter Skylar Lynnae Neil at the hospital

What followed was multiple operations but every time the doctors found the tumor to be more dangerous.

Later the doctors suggested Neil and Sharise take Skylar to Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles so that all the fragments of the Dr. Feelgood singer’s daughter’s tumor could be taken out. Her CAT scan showed she had two tumors on both kidneys and the condition was bad. Later the tumor on her right grew up in size which pushed her abdomen against her lungs that made Skylar breathe hard.

During her final moments, the tumor had spread to her liver, intestines, and the muscles in the back.

The Doctors Removed A Big Tumor From Skylar Right Before Her Death

Skylar’s final operation lasted approximately ten hours during which the doctors removed a tumor equal to the size of a football. Neil while writing an essay about his daughter’s death in People Magazine revealed the tumor of his daughter weighed six and a half pounds. But the operation couldn’t save Vince’s daughter, Skylar Lynnae Neil and she died on August 15, 1995.

Exposed singer Vince Neil with his daughter Skylar who died at age four
Motley Crue singer and his daughter Skylar

Skylar’s funeral took place on Aug 18. Her parents buried her in a tiny pink casket in Forest Lawn, Los Angeles, California.

In total, Skylar went through six operations in addition to extensive chemotherapy and radiation for four months. Neil and his then-wife, Sharise both spent endless hours beside Skylar in the hospital.

Skylar Lynnae Neil Father Wrote A Song For Her

Sometime before Skylar’s death, Neil was working on a solo album Carved in Stone which includes Skylar’s Song. The Shout At The Devil singer wrote the piece for his little girl. Neil released the album in September 1995 the following month after his daughter’s passing. The video song of Skylar’s Song includes several footages showing Skylar as a toddler to her final healthy days. The music video also features Vince singing the song from an ocean-facing house.

In the meantime, Neil still remembers and mentions his daughter through his social media posts and during the interviews or shows. Vince says he has been occasionally visiting Skylar’s grave since the day she was buried.

Vince Neil Relapsed Into Drugs After The Death Of Skylar

Some years after his daughter’s death, the Tattoos and Tequila singer, Vince Neil wrote all about his daughter’s death in addition to his band career and life in his 2001 memoir, The Dirt. A movie version from the studio of Netflix also arrived in 2019.

Vince in his memoir writes the plight of his daughter’s health and his separation from her mother Ruddel all made him very angry. He admits to therefore involving himself in drugs at the time as well as drinking heavily. According to the book, the Hollwood-born singer also contemplated suicide.

The Cause Of Skylar Lynnae Neil Death; A Factory Dump Was Blamed

The doctors and Neil, from the beginning, had trouble understanding and detecting the actual cause of Skylar’s cancer. It was also shocking for them considering her age. While the actual cause is still unknown, Neil himself investigated the case, he concluded that his then home in Chatsworth California where Skylar grew up happened to be near a Boeing factory and the industry at the time was illegally dumping carcinogenic materials such as uranium and plutonium.

Theater Of Pain singer Vince Neil late daughter Skylar
Vince Neil and his ex-wife Sharise Ruddell’s late daughter Skylar

Vince upon knowing this, Vince alleged that the factory named Santa Susana Field Laboratory near Chatsworth was illegally trashing the waste into the soil and the water table around the surrounding. He accused it was their harmful chemicals that caused his daughter’s terminal illness. However after Neil’s attorney failed to provide the demanded documents and evidence, the US District Judge dismissed the lawsuit in Dec 2002.

Neil in his book wonders if he is the culprit for his daughter’s horrible death as cancer, the heavy metal artist says, also runs on his mother’s side of the family.


Narayan Shankar, who goes by the name David, is a seasoned writer and editor, who has a passion for covering the entertainment industry. He has years of experience writing content, especially in the entertainment niche. He is currently an editor and writer for along with other websites under our organization named Pandora Group of Companies.