Noted Publicist Ronni Chasen Found Dead After Being Shot and Crashing Her Vehicle
Noted publicist Ronni Chasen died after being shot several times and crashing her vehicle into a light pole in Beverly Hills, Calif., early Tuesday morning, authorities said.
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While police have not yet named the victim officially, the coroner's office spokesman Ed Winter identified Chasen to TVGuide.com.
Authorities released a statement saying that the victim had multiple gunshot wounds to her chest and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
"At this time there is no suspect, info or motive for this crime," police Lt. Tony Lee said in the statement.
Chasen, who owned her own public relations firm Chasen & Co., was earlier attending a premiere of Burlesque, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A call to Chasen's firm was not immediately returned.
Chasen, began her career as a publicist in 1973 and worked on films including 1989's Driving Miss Daisy and 1994's Lolita.
She was named senior vice president of worldwide publicity at MGM in 1993 and worked for Rogers and Cowan for several years.
Chasen, who was 64, was most recently working on Sony Pictures' awards campaigns on behalf of The Social Network, Burlesque and Country Strong. Her clients included producers Richard and Lili Zanuck and Irwin Winkler as well as composer Hans Zimmer and songwriter Diane Warren. Warren has a song in Burlesque.