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Cohen auditioning on American Idol
October 17, 1983|
Brooklyn, New York, United States
July 25, 2009 (aged 25)|
Seaside Heights, New Jersey, United States
Alexis Cohen (October 17, 1983 – July 25, 2009) was a reality TV show contestant and singer, best known for her appearances on American Idol where she compared her singing style to vocalists such as Grace Slick, Janis Joplin and Pat Benatar. She was known as Glitter Girl in the press.
In 2009, she died in a hit and run car crash in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. Daniel Bark, aged 27, was later arrested and indicted for drunk and reckless driving, manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident. Authorities later reported that Bark, who had a previous 2004 DUI conviction, was fleeing police when he struck and killed Cohen after failing to stop when a police officer on a bicycle ordered him to do so. Bark later accepted a plea bargain in November 2011 and pleaded guilty to eluding police and drunk driving. Prosecutors dismissed manslaughter and other charges in the 2009 traffic incident that killed Cohen. A judge had thrown out Bark's confession because police failed to advise him of his rights.
Her performances on American Idol brought her a measure of fame, so much so her death was covered by sources including People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Rolling Stone, ABC News, and The New York Daily News.
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