A disabled elderly man who was also at the home at the time was uninjured, but taken to hospital for evaluation. Lt Raney could not confirm if the man was Ely, nor had he yet established any relation between him, the victim or the suspect.
"All I can say at this point is that the call was of a family disturbance, but we don't have any confirmation of the relationship of the homicide victim to the suspect who was confronted by deputies," he said.
The 6'4" Ely is best known for playing the lead role in 1966 NBC series "Tarzan".
According to the Daily Mail, the female victim was Ely's wife of 35 years, Valerie Lundeen. He and the former Miss Flordia share three children.
CNN reported that the victim and the elderly man at the property were married, and that the man — whose speech was impeded by a medical condition — told police "another family member was involved in the stabbing."