Saturday, July 5, 2014

Introduction by Richie's Friend

Introduction by Richie Diener's best friend, Lenny Langone:

"My name is Lenny. I was Richie's best friend when his life was taken away by his father. I know how it all went down on the night that it happened. He did not have to be killed. Richie's father was not a nice man. He didn't like any of Richie's friends."
Lenny passed away in 2010. His parents got him help after Richie was shot to death by his father, an expert marksman.

Lenny was successful in the printing business, and became a loving husband and wonderful father.  
Lenny posted a statement on
You can find comments by Lenny on this blog. Lenny never got over Richie's death. He saw the good side in Richie, and knew that Richie, had he lived, would have overcome drug abuse.
You are welcome to post a comment on this blog. Please include your state or country; it emphasizes the fact that addiction exists everywhere.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Watch the movie "The Death of Richie!

This movie with a message about drugs and addiction should be shown in every High School. 40+ years later, there is no end in sight.

This movie from 1977 is more relevant than ever.

Click on the movie above to watch it for free.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

"The Death of Richie"

-- by Thomas Thompson
-- click to learn more about Richie.  

Richard Diener, a photo sent by the late Lenny Langone


Lenny Langone, "Brick" in the book:
Richie's best friend. R.I.P. Lenny.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Death of Richie - buy DVD!

Click on the image below to buy "The Death of Richie," the 1977 movie about Richie Diener, based on the book. The movie is filled with period detail and provides a look into the world of teenagers and adults impacted by drugs.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Life Magazine: May 5, 1972
George Richard "Richie" Diener
June 5, 1954 - February 27, 1972
Buried in Long Island Cemetery

East Meadow High School,
East Meadow, New York
Class of 1972

Does anyone know the real name of "Sue Bernstein" in the article?