Former NFL star picks up Richard Pryor’s estate for $2.5M

Rashard Mendenhall, who now writes for HBO, nabs site where Pryor famously set himself on fire

May.May 09, 2017 03:30 PM
Rashard Mendenhall, Parthenia Street home (Getty Images/MLS)

Retired professional football player Rashard Mendenhall scooped up the former home of late comedian and actor Richard Pryor last week for $2.5 million, or $424 a square foot.

The estate, in the San Fernando Valley’s Sherwood Forest, was the site where Pryor once set himself on fire after days of freebasing cocaine.

The 2.2-acre property features six buildings totaling more than 9,000 square feet of living space, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The home first hit the market in June 2016 with an asking price of $2.9 million, The Real Deal previously reported.

Described as the “Wrigley chewing gum estate” by Barbara Walters, the compound’s main home has four bedrooms and four bathrooms in addition to a library and billiards room. The other buildings include: a guest home, a pool house, a gym/dance studio, an office and a children’s playhouse.

Outside, there are tennis, tetherball and basketball courts, a putting green and a kennel.

Mendenhall was in the NFL for six seasons, splitting his time between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals. He now works as a writer for the HBO series “Ballers.”

Neil McDermott and Beate Kessler-McDermott of Hilton & Hyland represented the buyer and seller. [LAT]Subrina Hudson

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