Hollywood Publicist Gunned Down in Beverly Hills

Police baffled by Ronni Chasen's murder
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2010 1:20 AM CST
Updated Nov 17, 2010 6:45 AM CST
Ronni Chasen's Mercedes E350 is towed from the scene. Police say Chasen was shot several times at Sunset Boulevard and Whittier Drive. Her vehicle then crashed into a light pole.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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(Newser) – A real-life murder mystery is stumping police in Beverly Hills. Longtime Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen, 64, was found in her Mercedes with five gunshot wounds early yesterday morning. She died shortly afterward. Chasen was apparently driving when she was shot, and her car crashed into a light pole on Sunset Boulevard following the attack, police said. Earlier that night, Chasen attended the premiere and after-party for the movie Burlesque.

The murder has sent shockwaves through Hollywood, and detectives say they haven't yet been able to find any hint of a motive. "She was not a drinker. She never did drugs," a New York publicist and longtime friend of Chasen's tells the Los Angeles Times. "She had solid, really nice people as clients who became sort of her family." Chasen, who specialized in Oscar campaigns, worked on promoting more than 100 movies during her long career, including On Golden Pond, Driving Miss Daisy, The Hurt Locker, and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Click here for more details.

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