An obsessed fan of "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul who twice auditioned for the Fox reality TV show was found dead Tuesday evening after apparently committing suicide in a car near the pop star's home.
Paula Goodspeed, 30, had appeared on the fifth season of the hit Fox show in 2006, and was criticized during her audition by British judge and show creator and producer Simon Cowell, who told her she had too much metal in her mouth -- in other words, braces -- to sing. Goodspeed sang Tina Turner's "Proud Mary" and failed to impress Abdul or Randy Jackson.
According to the Associated Press, relatives of Goodspeed reported her missing Tuesday afternoon. Police suspect her death was a suicide, though no official cause of death has been determined. Abdul was not home when the woman was found, but released a statement saying she was "deeply shocked and saddened." E! News reports the incident was not Goodspeed's first attempt to encounter Abdul, and that she previously tried to commit suicide by overdosing on pills outside the residence.
"She was not a stalker," Charles McIntyre, Goodspeed's only brother, told E! on Thursday.
McIntyre, who lives with his family in Oakland, Maine, said his sister moved to California five years ago. "She went down there to have a career, and when she went down in front of those 'American Idol' judges, it was over," said McIntyre. "She was just like anyone else, trying to make it big as an actor or singer."
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