Paula Abdul Stalker Found Dead

Woman obsessed with Idol judge is found dead next to the singer's home
Thursday , 13 November 2008
Paula Abdul Stalker Found Dead

A woman who was reportedly stalking AMERICAN IDOL judge PAULA ABDUL has been found dead close to the singer's home.

Police found the body of a woman in a parked car in Abdul's Sherman Oaks, California neighbourhood - and pronounced her dead at the scene.

The car is registered to 30-year-old Paula Goodspeed - who featured as a contestant on the US reality TV series American Idol in 2006.

Reports claim the woman's parents had phoned police earlier in the day to report their daughter missing and that she "had an unnatural obsession" with Abdul.

According to reports, police sources claimed the woman was an alleged Abdul stalker and that officers had been to the house "numerous times before" to deal with her.

She finally got to meet Abdul when she appeared on American Idol - the talent show where the singer appears as a judge.

Today Abdul spoke of her shock at Goodspeed's death.

A statement from the Abdul reads: "I am deeply shocked and saddened at what transpired yesterday. My heart and prayers go out to her family."

A spokesperson for Abdul tells Entertainment Tonight the star knew about the woman, who she said had "issues" for "several years".

It is believed the star was recording an episode of American Idol when the body was found. A cause of death has not yet been released.

Abdul was reportedly returned home late in the evening after investigators had cleared  the scene.

In a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department, officer April Harding says, "This has been ruled an apparent suicide and the coroner's office is now investigating. The body was found around 6 p.m. Tuesday."