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Ryan Jenkins Dead -- Hangs Himself

8/23/2009 9:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UPDATE: TMZ spoke with the manager of the motel and one of the residents. They say Jenkins checked in on Friday. He was dropped off by a woman in her early 20s who drove a silver PT Cruiser with Alberta license plates. She stayed for about 20 minutes and wasn't seen again. The room was paid for two days. When Jenkins didn't check it out today, the manager and his nephew went to check on him. When there was no answer, they entered the room and found Jenkins hanging by his belt from a coat rack. He was wearing a t-shirt and jeans. There was a laptop open on a desk inside the room.

Lt. Steve Holliday of Buena Park PD addressed the press, saying, "The sadness of this is all is that Mr. Jenkins will not stand before an Orange County jury for his crime."

His body was discovered at about 5:00 PM PT.

Jenkins was apparently ID'ed through fingerprints.

RCMP Sgt. Duncan Pound: "At this present time the investigation into the circumstances of his death is continuing, but preliminary evidence suggests that he took his own life. Any further details will not be released at this time as this investigation remains in its infancy."

Ryan Jenkins
has been found dead in Canada, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

He was found dead at the Thunderbird Motel in Hope, B.C. of an apparent suicide, according to RCMP Sgt. Duncan Pound.

Jenkins' body was discovered by motel staff. According to law enforcement sources, he was found hanging.

Jenkins was charged on August 20 in the murder of his wife, Jasmine Fiore.

Fiore's mutilated body was found in a suitcase inside of a dumpster in Buena Park, Calif. on August 15.

Story developing ...

Thunderbird Motel

UPDATE 11:00 PM PT -- The Buena Park PD held a press conference earlier this evening (below middle). The Royal Canadian Mounted Police also did a press conference earlier today (below right).


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What's creepy, is that about four minutes prior to CNN doing the Breaking News on his death, I'd just told my mom I wouldn't be surprised if he's either killed or found dead within the next two days --; sure enough, four minutes later, CNN reports he's found dead. I so effin' called this.
Sad, tragic, sadistic story gets the ending it doesn't deserve. He deserved to suffer the saem way that he made her suffer. >.

1886 days ago


Also why would he take the fingers with him or dump them elsewhere and not dump the body in the ocean when he had the means to do so?

1886 days ago

Sad sad    

I know he was an adult but I honestly blame his parents for his F-ed up up bringing. Never once did they come forward and plea for their son to come forward. He lacked certain nurturing. The family has yet! to come forward and apologize for this heinous crime that their son did. Will wait and see if they ever do.

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Dan...just because TMZ didn't report it, doesn't mean he didn't have help. Several news networks including CNN have reported authorities believed he was getting help from his family. His father's plane came from Honduras a few days ago. He was being helped. Also, authorities reported a relative of his was seen leaving his vehicle & boat near the border where he crossed.

1886 days ago

MJ is ♥    

Wonder if Jenkins changed his appearance. Would like to know how the RCMP were able to identify him.

Maybe Jenkins was able to convince himself he and wife can live happily ever in another life, thus taking his life. Was not surprising considering his ego.

What a sick monster.

I hope the family is able to move on. Thoughts are with the victim.

1886 days ago


For those of you crying "No fair!" Life isn't fair...

He may not have had help checking into the hotel. He may have done it himself, and the hotel desk person did what the news said to do, and called the cops.

And to the person who said "I hope they checked his ID!" OMG seriously? I think checking his fingerprints would be smarter.

My heart goes out to both of the families in the faced of this horrible tragedy.

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He killed himself for MJ. He couldn't handle the loss of the King of Pop.

1886 days ago


Well folks, do I smell a civil suit against the Jenkins family and VH1?

1886 days ago


That is so so sad. We have a beutiful couple that loved each other and cared for each other. They fought he killed her probably by accident and in his pain and fear did the only thing he could do commit suicide. This is very sad because you just feel that if they didnt get into an argument and he could control his anger this would never have happened. Dont make fun of these people you dont know the hurt that they both felt inside. I kinda feel that if he didnt kill her they would have made up a week later.
God Bless both of you and may god have mercy on both of you and forgive you for taking someones life and your own.

1886 days ago


A tragedy for both families.

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It really sucks that now we will never know why he did it, since considering he killed himself it is obvious that he did do it. I feel bad for her family and his as well. They not only have to come to grips with what their son did, but they have to deal with losing him as well.

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Hope? such a small town..I agree,he was doing a good job of getting away,he must of felt so guilty.

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@ f.u and P.U..(the same moron obviously) Why don't you find something better to do than ranting like a depraved, immature goof online you little could always go hang yourself..please please do!

1886 days ago


Gayle's right - Jasmine's mother will now say their marriage WASN'T annulled.

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