Who Is Melanie Olmstead from Yellowstone? Cause of Death & Tribute Explained

Who Is Melanie Olmstead from Yellowstone? Cause of Death & Tribute Explained

The fans of the famous western drama Yellowstone were confused when they saw a tribute was given to a person they are not aware of. Showrunners of Yellowstone gave tribute to Melanie Olmstead, she was part of the production crew of the show. But sadly she died, the reason unknown. Read to know about her cause of death and her personal and professional life.

Melanie Olmstead Biography?

Melanie was born on 11/15/1968. She was an orphan and was raised by the couple Janet Corbridge and Reid Howard in Salt Lake City, Utah. She worked in Hollywood as a transporter for the filming crew and location manager for more than 2 decades. She worked on some very famous movies like John Carter, Point Break, Hereditary, and Yellowstone. Before working as a location manager and transporter for the filming crew she worked and supported women’s education in Africa.

Melanie was raised in Utah, a place where horses and ranching is part of people’s life. So, she trained in horse riding and her experience in ranching made her a valuable asset to the Yellowstone series. Yellowstone was filmed in Melanie home town in Utah, which makes this series special for her and her experience and work helped Yellowstone creators to make the show successful.

Who Is Melanie Olmstead from Yellowstone? Cause of Death & Tribute Explained

The Reason for Melanie Olmstead’s death?

Melanie Olmstead died on 25 May 2019 in Salt Lake City. She died at the age of 50 years. According to our sources, she was battling cancer for 2 years. She took her last breath in the presence of her family and husband. She died just before the premiere of Yellowstone season 2 which is heartbreaking. She worked so hard for the show and was not around to witness her work. 

In July 2019 the entire Olmstead family gathered on horseback to celebrate her life and achievements. This tribute parade was joined by many actors, the cast of Yellowstone, and horseriders of Salt Lake City.

Although common people don’t know who she was because Melanie work behind the scene as she was the location manager. And fans of Yellowstone after seeing the tribute given by the showrunners paid their condolences to Melanie Olmstead and her family.

A Yellowstone fan wrote on Facebook, “My heart and prayers go out to Melanie Olmstead’s family and loved ones, including her Yellowstone family”

Another fan wrote “I’m so sorry for all those impacted by Mel passing away at this young age,” one of her friends said, “She set such a high standard with how she treated everyone around her.” 

Who Is Melanie Olmstead from Yellowstone? Cause of Death & Tribute Explained

Melanie loves animals:

Melanie loved animals and nature, which was praised by everyone around her. She loved horses and her experience in ranching made her a valuable member of the Yellowstone series. 

“My love affair with horses started about the time I learned to walk,”  “but I didn’t get my first “just mine” horse until I was an adult.” she wrote on Facebook.

She had a horse named Mahogany, whom she loved very much, and even shared a photo with her horse Mahogany. “This beautiful, amazing girl has been with me since college and recently celebrated her 37th birthday—for my non-horsey friends, that’s over 100 in human years—and she’s still doing great!“ but sadly her beloved horse died at the age of 40 years. 

Melanie Olmstead Yellowstone Tribute:


Western drama Yellowstone in which Melaine worked as lead location manager and transporter for the crew gave her tribute after she died in 2019. The show creators gave her an emotional tribute. In the episode “Sins of the Father” before the beginning of the episode the title card on which “In the memory of Melanie Olmstead 1968-2019” was written appeared. This show how much love the cast and crew of Yellowstone have for Melanie Olmstead.

Melanie in Yellowstone series:

Many fans think that Melanie Olmstead was in Yellowstone. But the answer to this is no. She was not in Yellowstone but her name was used in the show.

Yellowstone creators used Melanie’s name for a character who’s gone missing. Show creators did this to give her a tribute and to celebrate her life and achievements.

In the episode in which her name was used, Kacy Dutton tries to find out about the woman named Melanie Olmstead. At the beginning of the said episode Kacy witness the death of a woman’s boyfriend Jamie Munson who died protecting their land. Although Kacy failed to find anything about the actual events.

Melanie Olmstead Yellowstone Tribute creators gave to their beloved crew member Melanie.

What is Yellowstone?

It is a western drama tv series written by Taylor Sheridan, John Linson, and others. The series star Oscar and Emmy winner Kevin Costner. The plot of the series revolves around the Dutton family who owns the biggest ranch in Montana named the Yellowstone Ranch. The show has a rating of 8.7 on IMDB so far 4 seasons has released and 5th season is going on. The 8th episode of season five will premiere on 1st January 2023.

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