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Rhymes with Red

8/20/2007 11:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Hotelier Leona Helmsley, who once served prison time for tax evasion and was often called the "Queen of
Mean," has died. Helmsley suffered heart failure at her summer home in Greenwich, Conn., said her publicist, Howard Rubenstein.

Helmsley, with husband, Harry, ran a $5 billion real estate
empire which included managing the Empire State Building. A former housekeeper once said she heard Helmsley say: "We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes." She later served time in prison for tax evasion.

She denied making the statement, but the words followed her for the rest of her life.

She was 87.

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Hollywood's a Hazard    

Kitty you really are catty! MY GIRL!!!

2624 days ago
17.

Glisten Garbor    

Good ridance to bad rubbish!

2624 days ago
18.

Cat Stevns    

She died from ugly! and I'm sure she went to hell!

2624 days ago
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loserface    

good riddance to a big bitch.

2624 days ago
20.

Cat Stevns    

She died from ugly and is in hell!

2624 days ago
21.

ZZZZZZZ    

Yikes. Hope its not a open casket. A couple more might drop.

2624 days ago
22.

John Denver Rules    

Why do misrable, mean people always live so long?

2624 days ago
23.

blah    

shes got some lipstick on her teeth.. why didnt you get one of your slaves to wipe it off?

2624 days ago
24.

Hollywood's a Hazard    

Now she's in charge of Motel 666 on Highway to Hell.

2624 days ago
25.

Brother Harold, S.J.    

Now THIS is the kind of news that makes my day. I'd say she should rot in Hell--but I don't think the Devil will even let her in.

2624 days ago
26.

Lein    

People - it's bad karma to speak ill of the dead. I would watch myself today if I were you people. She's gone, she can't hurt you any more. I'm sure no one here suffered from her actions personally.

2624 days ago
27.

heather    

Good riddance.

2624 days ago
28.

Kristii    

Are we sure we didnt get this story mixed up with the next story about Heath Ledger? It seems that she would have made a much better role choice for the Joker in the next Batman movie.

2624 days ago
29.

TROLL SMASHERS    

Ditto Kitty...

2624 days ago
30.

Joni    

She looks like Lady Fairchild or whoever that scary puppet was on Mister Rogers.

2624 days ago
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