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Obsessive Fan of Paula Abdul Commits Suicide

The woman whose body was found near Paula Abdul’s home was a one-time “American Idol” contestant who, despite being ridiculed during her audition, maintained her infatuation with judge Paula Abdul.

Paula Goodspeed, 30, was found dead, an apparent suicide, Tuesday evening in her car, which was parked a few doors down from Abdul’s Los Angeles home. Reuters reported that prescription pills, along with CDs and pictures of Abdul, were found in the car.

“It appears to be a suicide by overdose,” Detective Robert Bub of the Los Angeles Police Department told Reuters.

According to Ross Bonfiglio, the public information officer for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, a close relative of Goodspeed called the sheriff’s office at 3 p.m. Tuesday to report the young woman missing.

“Goodspeed had not been seen since 11 p.m. Monday, and her family member thought that she might try to overdose. The family member relayed her psychiatric history including her Paula Abdul fixation,” Bonfiglio said.

Police were apparently familiar with Goodspeed, who may have been stalking Abdul. A law enforcement source told the Los Angeles Times that she was known to the LAPD’s threat management unit, which investigates stalking cases.

November 13, 2008 - Posted by | Entertaintment, News | , , , ,

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