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Woman Found Dead Outside Abdul's Home

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Woman found dead outside Paula Abdul's home

Officials say the death of Paula Goodspeed, who once auditioned for 'American Idol,' is being investigated as a suicide. Her body was found in a car in Sherman Oaks on Tuesday.

By Andrew Blankstein

11:47 AM PST, November 12, 2008

A woman who authorities said once tried to become a contestant on "American Idol" was found dead outside the Sherman Oaks home of "Idol" judge Paula Abdul in a case police are investigating as a possible suicide.

Authorities identified the woman as Paula Goodspeed, 30, from Thousand Oaks. (Police earlier had said her name was spelled "Goodespeed.")

Goodspeed was found dead in a car about 6 p.m. Tuesday outside the house in the 3800 block of Beverly Ridge Drive.

"We are investigating the case as a possible suicide," said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office. The cause of death will not be determined until after toxicology tests are completed, he added.

A law enforcement source, who declined to be identified because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the case, said the woman was familiar to officials with the Los Angeles Police Department's threat management unit, which investigates stalking cases, but he declined to elaborate.

Abdul, a singer and former Laker girl, is best known in recent years as a judge on the popular "American Idol" TV show.

A video of Goodspeed’s appearance at an "Idol" tryout shows her singing "Proud Mary" in a pink dress. "Idol" panelist Simon Cowell remarked that Goodspeed looked a lot like Abdul.

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Comments

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Comment by pumpi76 - November 12, 2008, 6:32 pm
I always felt that that show can't tell who is a singer and who is not..And that out of millions and millions of people only 1 makes it...Really wicked...
i am sure that show will evolved and they will eventually select more than 1 winner [i hope so]...But again you can't crowd the nation with musicians and more musicians [just go to the store and look at the music cd section and see how crowded it is]...That's why it should be about something else that lots of people have/share...
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ICNUMBERSComment by ICNUMBERS - November 13, 2008, 12:50 am
Well after I seen the audition the writting was on the wall and a the red flags were awaving. I can't understand 4 the life of me why don't people pay attn: to the signs. She was very beautiful but any1 with any goshgivin sense could tell that she fell short a few sandwiches in the picnic basket.

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