‘American Idol’ judge Paula Abdul ‘shocked’ by fan death

Singer says she's 'saddened' after apparent suicide near her home

Singer and ‘American Idol’ judge Paula Abdul has said she is “shocked and saddened” after discovering a fan was found dead near her home.

Los Angeles Police believe that Paula Goodspeed died of “suicide by overdose” after the 30 year-old’s body was discovered in a car parked near the singer’s home.

It is understood CDs and pictures of Abdul were in the vehicle, while Goodspeed auditioned in front of the singer and her fellow judges during the fifth series of ‘American Idol’, reports BBC News.

In a statement Abdul said: “I am deeply shocked and saddened at what transpired yesterday. My heart and prayers go out to her family.”

An official cause of death has yet to be determined.