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Paula Goodspeed

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Paula Goodspeed
BornSandra May McIntyre
July 4, 1978
Waterville, Maine, United States
💀DiedNovember 11, 2008 (aged 30)
Sherman Oaks, California, United StatesNovember 11, 2008 (aged 30)
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Paula Goodspeed (July 4, 1978 – November 11, 2008) was an American reality TV show contestant and singer best known for her season 5 audition on American Idol. Goodspeed was known for being a fan of singer and American Idol judge Paula Abdul, so much so that she changed her first name to Paula at the age of 16 and modeled her singing career and appearance after her.[1][2][3][4][5]

She was a talented portrait artist focusing mainly on drawing Paula Abdul. Her drawings were showcased during her American Idol audition.

In 2008, Goodspeed committed suicide via a drug overdose in her car outside of Paula Abdul's home in Sherman Oaks, California.[6] She reportedly sent Abdul flowers prior to her suicide. Goodspeed had been accused in the press of being a celebrity stalker but her relatives disputed the claim.[7][8]

Goodspeed's performance on American Idol brought her a degree of notoriety, so much so that her death was covered by such notable sources as People magazine, The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Daily News, The Los Angeles Times, ABC News[9] and Newsweek.[10]


  1. http://bangordailynews.com/2008/11/23/news/abdul-fan-battled-depression-anorexia/
  2. Singh, Anita (2008-11-13). "American Idol contestant Paula Goodspeed humiliated by 'rude' Cowell, say family". Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  3. "Paula Abdul fanatic Paula Godspeed found dead near singer's home". NY Daily News. 2008-11-13. Archived from the original on 2008-12-16. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  4. Ross, Dalton. "Paula Goodspeed's suicide: Don't blame 'Idol,' even as we all scrutinize its audition process | PopWatch | EW.com". Popwatch.ew.com. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  5. Caramanica, Jon (2009-08-05). "Paula Abdul News - The New York Times". Topics.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  6. Greg Braxton (2009-01-21). "Paula Abdul embraces 'American Idol,' survives controversy - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  7. Fleeman, Mike (2008-11-14). "Paula Goodspeed Sent Abdul Flowers Days Before Suicide - Crime & Courts, Paula Abdul". People.com. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  8. Singh, Anita (2008-11-13). "American Idol contestant Paula Goodspeed humiliated by 'rude' Cowell, say family". Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  9. "Obsessive Fan of Paula Abdul Commits Suicide - ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. 2008-11-13. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  10. Ramin Setoodeh (2008-11-13). "Another 'American Idol' Tragedy - Newsweek and The Daily Beast". Newsweek.com. Retrieved 2012-09-22.

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