Suspect Arrested in American Idol Contestant Alexis Cohen Death

The death of American Idol Season 8 contestant Alexis Cohen is being investigated as a vehicular homicide. New Jersey police arrested 23-year-old Daniel Bark on Sunday in connection with Cohen’s death. The body of the former American Idol contestant was found lying in a street in Ocean County on Saturday.

According to police authorities, Alexis Cohen was struck and killed by a car around 4 a.m. on Saturday. An autopsy showed 25-year-old Cohen suffered massive trauma, including injuries to her chest, abdomen and head. Cohen may have been attempting to return to her car, which was found nearby, when she was hit while crossing the street.


Ocean County Deputy Chief Prosecutor Michael Mohel said Daniel Bark was arrested around 6 p.m. on Sunday after an “extensive investigation,” according to the Asbury Park Press. Bark has been charged with reckless driving leading to the death of Alexis Cohen and leaving the scene of a collision. Bark could face up to 15 years in jail if convicted.

Alexis Cohen famously gave an impassioned, vulgar rant to American Idol cameras after failing to receive a golden ticket to Hollywood in the auditions for Season 7. The following year, Cohen auditioned again for Season 8, but failed to impress the judges a second time.

The Alexis Cohen rant YouTube video became a fan favorite following her first appearance on American Idol, briefly launching the young aspiring singer into the national spotlight.

Former American Idol Contestant Alexis Cohen Found Dead

Alexis Cohen, a former American Idol contestant, was found dead on Saturday morning in Allentown, PA. Dubbed the “Glitter Girl” for her fairy dust makeup, Cohen auditioned twice for American Idol but was never given a golden ticket to Hollywood. Cohen was 25 years old.

Ocean County officials told Cohen was found on Friday morning ying in the street by two pedestrians around 4 a.m. Cohen was then taken to a nearby hospital, where doctors pronounced her dead about two hours later.

Alexis Cohen first auditioned for American Idol in January 2008, singing Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love”. Although some fans actually felt Cohen had a bit of talent, American Idol judges refused to pass her through to the Hollywood round. In response, Cohen launched into a fit of cursing and lewd gestures for the American Idol cameras. Cohen returned in 2009 for a second audition, but was once again denied the chance to move on in the competition.


Alexis Cohen’s temporary fame landed her on a series of talk shows, including Live with Regis and Kelly, The View and Extra. Most recently, Brooklyn born Cohen was living in Germantown while studying acting at Montgomery County Community College, according to

* Update – Officials from the Ocean County Prosecutors Office have released a statement saying that it appears Alexis Cohen was struck and killed by a car, according to the Asbury Park Press.