|Chicago Daily News/Chicago History Museum|
In January 1927, Lygo traveled to the West Coast to play a nun in the Gest production of the Miracle Play. Hoping to break into films, she took the name "Irene Fuller" to avoid any negative connotations associated with her true stage name. On May 31, 1927, "Fuller" was found unconscious by her roommate on the floor of their room in the Vivian Apartments at 637 North Bronson Avenue. A half-empty bottle of veronal tablets was found at the scene along with notes signed by "Fuller" in which she disposed of her possessions, requested that her mother not be told, and warned: "Be most careful as to the name `M.L.' as it means so much to the press." Lygo's identity was subsequently established by a fellow actor who visited the comatose woman at the Receiving Hospital. Conjecture raged as to the reason for the act. Some ascribed the deed to her broken love affair with Thorne while others noted that she was despondent about not quickly breaking into films. The 25-year-old showgirl died in the Receiving Hospital on June 2, 1927. A steamer trunk found after her death contained several tattered theatrical dresses and five pawn tickets.