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article image2006 American Idol Contestant And Obsessed Fan Found Dead Near Paula Abdul's Home

By Nikki Weingartner     Nov 12, 2008 in Lifestyle
Former "American Idol" contestant from the 2006 season found dead near the home of "American Idol" judge, Paula Abdul. The girl was knowingly obsessed with Abdul and even had life sized drawings of her during auditions. It is being treated as a suicide.
A contestant from the 2006 season of American Idol named Paula Goodspeed was found dead a few yards from Paula Abdul's home according to a news report (see video of Goodspeed's audition in link).
During her audition two years ago, Paula Goodspeed described how she began drawing lifesize images of Abdul at a young age and that her first drawing ever was of the singer/dancer and American Idol judge. During her audition, Paula Abdul said she was "speechless" and Simon, well, he said he couldn't understand how anyone could sing with that much metal in their mouth.
Paula Goodspeed had braces. She did not get a ticket to Hollywood.
The body of Goodspeed was found in a car near Abdul's home and police say she "may have committed suicide" by possible drug overdose. Goodspeed's mother had contacted police reporting that her daughter was possibly suicidal and had been reported missing. The Los Angeles, CA sheriff's department targeted the area of Abdul's home and found Goodspeed's vehicle parked on the street. Her body was inside and she was unresponsive.
The license plate of the car containing Goodspeed's body read "ABL LV" (Abdul Lover). A pic of Paula was hanging from her rear-view mirror.
Goodspeed's MySpace page featured a picture of Paula Abdul with a caption that read "My secret crush, shhhhh." She blogged about dealing with the "awful things" people said about her after her less-than-successful "Idol" audition.
A statement released by Paula Abdul, who did know about the obsession for several years, said she was "deeply shocked and saddened."
[UPDATE] Additional news report states that
Investigators found prescription drugs in the 30-year-old’s car, along with Paula Abdul CDs and pictures.
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