Paula Goodspeed

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Paula Goodspeed
Born Sandra May McIntyre
July 4, 1978
Waterville, USA
Died November 11, 2008 (aged 30)
Sherman Oaks, California, USA
Occupation Singer

Paula Goodspeed (July 4, 1978 – November 11, 2008)[1] was a reality TV show contestant and singer born best known for her appearances on American Idol. She was known for being a huge fan of singer and American Idol judge Paula Abdul, so much so she changed her first name to Paula at the age of 16 and modeled her singing career and wardrobe after her.[2][3][4][5][6]

In 2008, she committed suicide via a drug overdose in her car outside of Paula Abdul's home in Sherman Oaks, California.[7] She reportedly sent Abdul flowers prior to her suicide. Goodspeed had been accused in the press of being nothing more than another celebrity stalker but her relatives disputed that claim.[8][9]

Her performance on American Idol brought her a great deal of notoriety, so much so her death was covered by such notable sources as People magazine, The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Daily News, The Los Angeles Times, ABC News[10] and Newsweek.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ssristories.com/show.php?item=2989
  2. ^ http://bangordailynews.com/2008/11/23/news/abdul-fan-battled-depression-anorexia/
  3. ^ Singh, Anita (2008-11-13). "American Idol contestant Paula Goodspeed humiliated by 'rude' Cowell, say family". Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  4. ^ "Paula Abdul fanatic Paula Godspeed found dead near singer's home". NY Daily News. 2008-11-13. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  5. ^ Ross, Dalton. "Paula Goodspeed's suicide: Don't blame 'Idol,' even as we all scrutinize its audition process | PopWatch | EW.com". Popwatch.ew.com. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  6. ^ Caramanica, Jon (2009-08-05). "Paula Abdul News - The New York Times". Topics.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  7. ^ Greg Braxton (2009-01-21). "Paula Abdul embraces 'American Idol,' survives controversy - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  8. ^ Fleeman, Mike (2008-11-14). "Paula Goodspeed Sent Abdul Flowers Days Before Suicide - Crime & Courts, Paula Abdul". People.com. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  9. ^ Singh, Anita (2008-11-13). "American Idol contestant Paula Goodspeed humiliated by 'rude' Cowell, say family". Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  10. ^ "Obsessive Fan of Paula Abdul Commits Suicide - ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. 2008-11-13. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  11. ^ Ramin Setoodeh (2008-11-13). "Another 'American Idol' Tragedy - Newsweek and The Daily Beast". Newsweek.com. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 

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