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Former American Idol Contestant Commits Suicide Near Paul Abdul’s Home

November 12, 2008

Crazy? Obsessive? Nuts? All of these words come to mind. Police say a fan of Paula Abdul has been found dead in a car parked near a home belonging to the “American Idol” judge.

The victim has been identified as Paula Goodspeed, whose rendition of “Proud Mary” was roundly criticized by Simon Cowell and rejected by Abdul herself and fellow judge Randy Jackson. An official cause of death had not been determined.

Goodspeed’s audition was aired during the 2006 season. During her audition, she told Ryan Seacrest that she was a huge fan of Abdul and created life-size paintings of the singer and former Laker Girl.

From the Associated Press:

A fan of Paula Abdul whose failed audition for “American Idol” aired in season five was found dead in a car near the home of the pop star and judge she admired, authorities said Wednesday.

Authorities found Goodspeed’s body Tuesday evening in a car that photos show bearing the vanity license plate “ABL LV” in a Los Angeles Lakers frame. Her parents had reported her missing hours earlier and expressed concern that she might hurt herself.

Los Angeles police spokeswoman Julianne Sohn says officers responded to a call about 6 p.m. Tuesday and arrived in the Sherman Oaks area to find the body.

“I am deeply shocked and saddened at what transpired yesterday,” Abdul said in a statement released by her publicist, Jeff Ballard. “My heart and prayers go out to her family.”