Not much is known about Jennifer Syme, except that she was a girlfriend of actor Keanu Reeves. A lot of what is known about her centered around tragic circumstances: First, the 1999 stillbirth of the baby she expected with Reeves, and second, her untimely death at age 28. Around the time she met Reeves, Jennifer worked as an assistant to director David Lynch, and was even featured briefly in his film Lost Highway (1997). She and Reeves started dating casually in 1990, and were expecting a baby girl in 1999. Sadly, Ava Archer Syme Reeves was stillborn around Christmas 1999. The couple separated permanently not long after the baby`s death, but were said to have remained good friends. At the time of her death, Jennifer was working as a record company executive in Los Angeles. She died April 2 at 6:20am, after her Jeep Cherokee crashed into a row of parked cars in Los Angeles. In tribute to his former assistant, David Lynch dedicates Mulholland Dr. (2001) to her in the closing credits of the film.
In November 1999, the baby girl Keanu was expecting with girlfriend Jennifer Syme was stillborn, just a few weeks shy of the actual delivery date. They had planned to name her Ava Archer Syme-Reeves.
Keanu`s estranged girlfriend Jennifer Syme was killed when her Jeep Cherokee careened onto the wrong side of a Los Angeles road near Highway 101 and smashed into three parked cars. The force of the crash flipped the car over and she was thrown through the windshield. She was killed instantly. [2 April 2001]
On April 1, 2001, Syme attended a party at musician Marilyn Manson`s home. After being driven home by another party guest shortly before dawn, she left her home, reportedly to return to Manson`s home at his request. On April 2, 2001 at around 6:20 a.m., Syme drove her 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee into a row of parked cars on Cahuenga Boulevard in Los Angeles. She was ejected from the vehicle and killed instantly. Syme was 28 years old.
Syme is buried with her daughter Ava in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.
In tribute to Syme`s memory, David Lynch dedicated the 2001 film Mulholland Drive to her in the closing credits of the film.
In April 2002, Syme`s mother, Maria St. John, sued Marilyn Manson for wrongful death for giving Syme "various quantities of an illegal controlled substance" and for "instructing [Syme] to operate a motor vehicle in her incapacitated condition".
Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, Manson issued a statement denying responsibility for Syme`s death, stating that the lawsuit was "completely without merit".
An investigation into the accident concluded that Syme, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was inebriated at the time of the accident. Reports also stated that police found two rolled up dollar bills that contained a white, powdery substance and two bottles of prescription drugs, a muscle relaxant and an anticonvulsant. Syme`s mother told police her daughter was seeking treatment for back pain and depression just a few days prior to her death.
Full Name at Birth
Jennifer Maria Syme
Jennifer Maria Syme
28 (age at death)
Date of Birth
Date of Death
Location of Death
Cause of Death
(Crashed her car while under the influence of cocaine, clonazepam and cyclobenzaprine)
Claim to Fame
She is best known for being the one-time girlfriend of actor Keanu Reeves.