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Oscar Publicist Ronni Chasen Shot and Killed

Startling news: 64-year-old publicist Ronni Chasen (who was handling the Oscar campaigns this year touting Alice in Wonderland for Best Picture and Michael Douglas for Best Supporting Actor) was murdered last night in Beverly Hills after attending the premiere of Burlesque. According to a report from Radar Online, Chasen was shot five times while driving, then crashed into a light pole around 12:30 a.m. The well-known publicist has worked in Hollywood since 1973 and established her own company, Chasen & Company Publicity. [Radar Online, Deadline]

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