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Woman Was Featured On Season 5, TMZ Says

Celebrity gossip site TMZ.com is reporting that the woman found dead in a car near Paula Abdul's home Tuesday night was a former contestant on "American Idol."

TMZ identified the woman as Paula Goodspeed, who was a contestant on Season 5 of the show in 2006.

The Web site is featuring a video of Goodspeed's audition. It reported that during the audition for "Idol," Goodspeed said that she was an artist and the first picture she ever drew was of Abdul.

According to TMZ, "American Idol" produced a 3-minute, 40-second featurette on Goodspeed and her passion for Abdul, and when the singer failed to make the cut, show host Ryan Seacrest proclaimed, "And the love affair is over."

Not yet identified by police, Goodspeed was found dead in a car parked near a home belonging to the "American Idol" judge, police confirmed on Wednesday.

The death appears to be a suicide, Capt. Jim Miller told KTTV-TV. He said the woman, who was in her 30s, had an infatuation with Abdul.

Police spokeswoman Julianne Sohn said officers responded to a call about 6 p.m. Tuesday and arrived in the Sherman Oaks area to find the body. Public records show Abdul owns a home near the site where the body was found.

The woman was reported missing on Tuesday afternoon by a family member in neighboring Ventura County.

Authorities said they could not yet release the woman's identity Tuesday morning because her family hadn't been properly notified.

Ventura County Sheriff's Department Capt. Ross Bonfiglio said relatives hadn't seen the woman since about 11 p.m. on Monday and were concerned she might try to hurt herself.

In June, the department checked on the woman at her home in Thousand Oaks after deputies received a tip from Los Angeles police that the woman might be at risk of self-harm, Bonfiglio said.

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/entertainment/17963292/detail.html
 
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