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Hollywood Publicist Ronni Chasen,64, Shot 5 Times After Leaving ‘Burlesque’ World Premiere Event Monday In Beverly Hills…A Real Life Murder Mystery!

Prominent, and much-loved Hollywood publicist, Ronni Sue Chasen, was shot to death early Tuesday in Beverly Hills while driving down a street in close proximity to Beverly Hills High school and the posh Beverly Hills hotel as she was making her way home.(HuffPo)

Famed publicist Ronni Chasen,64, shot 5 times leaving the 'Burlesque' red carpet event.

Famed publicist Ronni Chasen,64, shot 5 times leaving the 'Burlesque' red carpet event.

Ms. Chasen,64, was shot 5 times in the chest, from an assailant that was outside her car shooting at her as she drove down Whittier Drive just south of Sunset Boulevard.. Her black Mercedes-Benz E-350 stopped when it crashed into a light pole, and had been reported as a solo vehicle crash.(NY Daily News)

When the emergency responders arrived, they found the lone female driver slumped over in the front seat bleeding from the multiple gunshot wounds.

Ronni Chasen's Mercedes crashed into a light pole, after she was shot 5 times in the chest.

Ronni Chasen's Mercedes crashed into a light pole, after she was shot 5 times in the chest.

The Beverly Hills paramedics transported Ronni Chasen to Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead.

On Monday night, publicist Chasen had attended the red carpet premiere of the new film “Burlesque” starring Christina Aguilera and Cher, but  Steve Elzer, a spokesman for Sony Pictures, could not say when Ms. Chasen left the after-party.(CNN)

She was at the ‘Burlesque’ premiere in support of her client, award-winning composer Diane Warren who composed a song for the movies soundtrack.In fact,Chasen and Warren had been interviewed by the media about the music in the film.

Ronnie Chasen had a long and successful career in Hollywood as a publicist, and she worked with clients like Michael Douglas, producer Richard Zanuck,and composer Hans Zimmer. She had been the head of publicity for American International Pictures and then served for 10 years as Executive Vice President of Motion Pictures at the prestigious Rogers & Cowan agency.(Source)

She later held the post of Senior Vice President of Publicity for MGM.(WIKI)

For the past 20 years,Ronnie Chasen had enjoyed professional success running her own boutique publicity firm Chasen and Company,where she handled personal publicity for star actors, composers, directors, and writers, as well as several corporate clients like Sony and 20th Century Fox.(Gallery)

The police detectives are busy investigating this mysterious crime, searching for a motive. The Beverly Hills police are requesting video surveillance footage from businesses and residents along Sunset Boulevard , but at this time they do not have any clue as to the motivation for the attack, or the circumstances surrounding her murder.(MSNBC)

What they do know about Ronnie Chasen’s last moments, is that six minutes before she was shot,she placed a cellphone call to her office, leaving a to-do list for her staff. It was the second such message she left at the office last night.

Beverly Hills officer placing crime scene tape around the Ronni Chasen murder scene.

Beverly Hills officer placing crime scene tape around the Ronni Chasen murder scene.

The rest is a mystery….

Ronni Chasen and the cast of Slumdog Millionaire...

Ronni Chasen and the cast of Slumdog Millionaire...

Actor Morgan Freeman, who won an Oscar nomination for his role in “Driving Miss Daisy,” a film on which Chasen worked, said in a statement, “I had the extreme pleasure of working with Ronni on ‘Driving Miss Daisy.’ We’ve been friends ever since. She is someone I greatly admired, and she will be remembered.”(CBS)

Michael Levine, publicist and friend of Ronni Chasen for more than 25 years, has formed a reward fund for the arrest and conviction of her killer.According to Michael Levine, the goal is to raise a minimum of $25,000 within the next week.

People interested in contributing should contact Levine’s office at 310-300-0950 x230.(Source)

He has stated that the reward is being offered to …”assist the Beverly Hills police in solving this horrific crime”.

Friends, colleagues and supporters will gather on Wednesday night at Michael’s in Manhattan, in New York city, for a memorial service in honor of the slain native New Yorker and entertainment industry champion Ronnie Chasen.(Hollywood Reporter)

Ronni Chasen and an Academy Award winning client.

Ronni Chasen and an Academy Award winning client.

For more on this tragic Hollywood murder mystery….

E! Online

Variety

Wall Street Journal

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