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Controversial Publicist Found Dead

9/29/2007 11:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Publicist David Hans Schmidt, who plead guilty last month to attempting to extort Tom Cruise, was found dead of an apparent suicide in his Phoenix home on Friday.

Schmidt was under house arrest after agreeing to plead guilty to a $1 million extortion fiasco, using Tom Cruise's stolen wedding photos. According to the AP, authorities went to Schmidt's Phoenix home after a tracking device on him had not moved and he hadn't checked in, said police Lt. Anthony Lopez.

Schmidt is also known for an auction of Paris Hilton's diaries, and for representing Olympic scandal skater Tonya Harding and prostitute Divine Brown, who dallied with actor Hugh Grant. More recently, Schmidt said he was involved in Dustin "Screech" Diamond's nasty sex video.

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FlBiker    

Suicide, he shot himself 3 times in the head..............

2583 days ago
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this is stupid    

Hit?

2583 days ago
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brian scott miller    

This guy was dirt, "So Long Funny Man"!

2583 days ago
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Giggles    

Why does anyone presuppose we're all interested in Tom Cruise's third wedding photos?

2583 days ago
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notaceleb    

What a waste.

2583 days ago
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white lorelei    

Well, when you try to profit from the bottom feeders, you end up one. I can't imagine a thing this man woke up to each day that was healthy and positive. What a sad legacy to leave behind.

2583 days ago
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Mags    

Right, "suicide", wink-wink!

2583 days ago
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kim suck    

Cruise!!!!! you bastard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU KILLED HIM!!

2583 days ago
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Lerch    

Cruise is a Theta 7 is his religeon. I'm sure that level posseses the ability of mind control.

2583 days ago
10.

Patsy    

Scientology strikes again!

2583 days ago
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Diana    

How sad: He ran with dirt, but so do some of our most other famous people, like the Clintons! Except the difference there is their associates are found murdered.... 18 of them at last count. Over wedding photos, can you imagne! Tom Cruize and his claim to royalty is sickening. As though any of us truly cared about his wedding photos. LISTEN UP AMERICA...... the common people out here in America would have been laughed at if we had taken up such an issue with the police! I cannot even get a good prosecutor to chase genuine property damage. Dear God: Add the loss of this life to the complaints of a poor self consumed actor named Tom Cruize who actually believes any of us care about his wedding or the pictures. This guy made the mistake that they were actually worth something. Just one more example of how money drives justice.

2583 days ago
12.

Cartman    

Dirty murdering thetans!

Thanks



2583 days ago
13.

MOM    

don't care wasted space

2583 days ago
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me    

another one bites the dust. Interested in finding out if he was killed or not. Other than that...who cares. Dirt belongs back in the ground anyway.

2583 days ago
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Andrea    

Suicide. Hmmm, seems to be a lot of that going around with people who piss off Scientologists. http://bittenandbound.com/2007/07/28/someone-should-really-investigate-this-whole-scientology-thing/

2583 days ago
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