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Dead Woman Former "Idol" Wannabe

11/12/2008 1:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The woman found dead in front of Paula Abdul's house last night was a featured contestant on "American Idol."
Paula Goodspeed: Click to watch
We've learned the identity of the dead woman, Paula Goodspeed, who appeared on Season 5 in 2006. During her audition she said she's an artist and the first pic she ever drew was of Paula Abdul. "Idol" produced a 3 minute and 40 second featurette on Goodspeed and her passion for Paula. She did not make the cut, after Ryan Seacrest proclaimed, "And the love affair is over."

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english_lover    

TMZ, I think you mean "first" instead of "fist". You wrote, "the fist pic".

Come on, people, if you live in the USA, learn to use the English language correctly! ;)

2117 days ago
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lost in lalaland    

Who are these clowns that need to feel superior by pointing out an obvious typo? You want your gossip fast & first? Deal with the typos and know that we ALL saw it, don't need you to point it out for us.

2117 days ago
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Adrienne    

My condolences to the family of the victim, mental illness is a real problem, and I feel bad for her and her family

2117 days ago
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Fan Since 2007!!!    

Seriously,

Who's not surprised.

You can look at the early auditions and SEE the bulk of the contestants are seriously unbalanced.
Would anyone be surprised to learn there was an army of security guards just out of the judge's camera range?

Scary s**t

2117 days ago
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.    

TMZ, I think you meant "first" instead of "fist." You wrote "the fist
pic."

Come on, people, if you live in the USA, learn how to use the English
language correctly! ;)

Corrected on Nov 12th 2008 for english_lover

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There, I've done some corrections for you, and it seems that TMZ has
done the corrections as well; feel free to correct mine as well.

2117 days ago
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snookie    

What a sad story. My heart goes out to her parents. And Paula should breathe a sigh of relief, it could have been her body found instead. Look at Rebecca Schafer, John Lennon etc.

2117 days ago
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Gypsy    

My condolences to the family of the victim, mental illness is a real problem, and I feel bad for her and her family

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I agree.. This girl was off her rocker and needed help. She is the first of many Idol rejects who will kill themselves.

2117 days ago
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Edward    

This is really sad...
RIP Paula

2117 days ago
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SkankTosser    

Poor kid was obviously mentally ill. Prayers for her family who probably did all they could.....

2117 days ago
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Tangie    

Can you imagine how BIG Abdul's ego will be now? She's all like "This person thought I was so great she killed herself!" And now Abdul will be all over the news again and she will be happy.

2117 days ago
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Barb    

Amazing she thought she was good.

2117 days ago
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blahhh    

DID the family do ALL they could? I agree she was mentally ill and mental illness is vastly underdiagnosed in this country. Ive seen many families with mentally ill members who just ignore the behavior as being eccentric or whatnot. People/families do not adress their childrens illness because they dont want to accept or deal with the stigma of mental illness so they ignore it and hope it will just resolve itself in time. DENIAL aint just a river in Egypt. Ive seen this happen with my own family too. Lets just ignore the problem and it will go away mentality. It doesnt go away. People DIE from mental illness! My condolences to the family and poor Paula abdul for being dragged into it. Im sure she must feel terrible too.

2117 days ago
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Tangie    

Cici...have you ever known someone who is mentally ill or had them in your family? Unless they are attempting to kill you or someone else, there's not much you can do! You can't force them to seek treatment! You can't make them straighten up, or take their meds. Quit being so self righteous and preachy. It's hard to live with. Don't blame others for not taking control when they basically can't!

2117 days ago
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Zoe    

Is this even a surprise? I'm surprised former rejects didn't kill themselves sooner with the harsh comments made at them when they were vulnerable. This show is disgusting, it degrades people and treats them like the gum under the judges shoes, and people continue to deny that reality television is destroying lives when it's plain as day.

2117 days ago
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bw    

Bryon wolf The woman found dead in front of Paula Abdul's Bryon Wolf house last night was a featured contestant on "American Idol."
Paula Goodspeed: Click to watch Bryon Wolf
We've learned the identity of the dead woman, Paula Goodspeed, who appeared on Season 5 in 2006. During her audition she said she's an artist and the first pic she ever drew was of Paula Abdul. "Idol" produced a 3 minute and 40 second featurette on Goodspeed and her passion for Paula. She did not make the cut, after Ryan Seacrest proclaimed, "And the love affair is over." Bryon Wolf

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