Ronnie Chasen, who has always been a friend to entertainment journalists, has died.
According to the police, units arrived on the scene of Sunset Boulevard and Whitter around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. They found an unidentified woman behind the wheel of a Mercedes Benz E-350, which had crashed into a light pole. Police discovered that the woman inside had been shot five times in the chest. She was then rushed to Cedars Sinai Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead.
HollywoodOutbreak.com spoke to a rep at her PR firm Chasen & Company, who confirmed that it was indeed Ronnie Chasen. “Not only is this the saddest day of our lives, but we don’t know anything, yet,” the rep said.
The investigation is underway and there are no suspects, motive or additional information at this time, but police did say that Chasen fell in and out of consciousness and was breathing when they arrived at the scene.
Chasen had attended the premiere of the new movie Burlesque at Graumann’s Chinese Theater Monday night, which was quite common for the hands-on publicist.
She began her career in 1973 and was a mainstay in the biz, working on such notable films as Driving Miss Daisy and Lolitta.
She headed up publicity for MGM beginning in 1993, but eventually started her own public relations firm, representing clients who were often under consideration for the Academy Award.
Ronnie Chasen wasn’t married, had no children and is survived by a brother. She remains respected and admired by entertainment professionals everywhere.
Ronnie Chasen was 64 years old.