The silent film actress died while attending a Labor Day party hosted by Fattie Arbuckle at the Saint Francis Hotel. Rappe arrived to the party with her friend Maude Delmont, who would become the only witness to Rappe's death. She reported that she heard her friend screaming, so she ran to her hotel room and began pounding on the door, only to be met with Arbuckle leaving Rappe moaning on the bed. The actress stayed in the room for a couple of days until the pain became too great and asked to go to the hospital, where she died of a ruptured bladder. The death was ruled an accident due to overindulgence in alcohol, which is hotly argued about to this day.