A really difficult part of celebrity is being put on a pedestal by some fans. Sometimes that turns into stalking or worse…sometimes attacks. Celebrity can cause many people to feel as if they know the celebrity because of so much access to information about the celebrities by tabloid newspapers and interviews. It is difficult for some fans to distinguish between reality and fantasy. Fans often feel a connection to the person that they see and hear so much about in the media.
Today a very sad story has been reported about a young 30 year old woman being found dead near a home owned by American Idol judge, Paula Abdul. The young woman’s name was Paula Goodspeed and she was a former auditioner for season 5 of American Idol.
It appears that the woman was a huge fan of Paula Abduls. It seems that Ms. Goodspeed’s family was concerned about her safety and well-being; as they had not seen her since Monday evening. It appears that there was concern about alleged past suicide attempts. At this point, the authorities believe that this was an apparent suicide. Our sympathies go out to Ms. Goodspeeds family and friends.