The death of an actress and ex-wife of actor Gary Busey came after she had been arrested on multiple occasions during the fall of 2019.
Tiani Warden, 52, of Greenville was found unresponsive while in custody in the Hunt County Detention Center in November and later was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Warden had been placed in the jail on three prior occasions; on Sept. 4, Sept.23 and Oct. 5. Each time the arrest was for charges of pubic intoxication, a Class C misdemeanor, and was conducted by the Greenville Police Department.
Records with the Hunt County Detention Center and the Hunt County Courthouse indicate that in each instance Warden entered a plea of bolo contender before a Hunt County justice of the peace and was released the next day on completing time served in deference to paying $200 court costs.
The Quinlan Police Department arrested Warden on Nov. 3 for the offense of public intoxication and booked her into the jail.
Warden was found unconscious in her cell at about 2:30 p.m. the next day.
The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office said detention officers and medical staff on duty began life-saving measures until American Medical Response arrived.
Warden was transported by ambulance to Hunt Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.
Justice of the Peace Wayne Money conducted the inquest and ordered an autopsy.
Medical Examiner Stephen M. Hastings M.D. with the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences at Dallas ruled Warden’s death “result of the toxic effects of cocaine. Chronic ethanolism likely contributed to the cause of death.”
According to the website imdb.com Warden appeared in the 1997 television mini-series “Rough Riders” and the 1997 movies “The Rage” and “Plato’s Run” and the 1996 movie “The Chain.”
Warden was Busey’s second wife. The couple was married on Sept. 23, 1996, until their divorce on Jan.10, 2001.
The Herald-Banner has reached out for additional information to the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office and Quinlan Police Department.