Hollywood press agent Ronni Chasen murdered

Ronni Chasen may not be a name you recognize, but she was behind some of the biggest names both in Hollywood and the music industry.  As a publicist and press agent, she represented artists as big as Alanis Morissette, and she also worked as an Academy Awards strategist, helping seven of her represented films to win Best Picture.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, after attending the premiere of Burlesque, Chasen went on a few work-related errands before heading to her home in Westwood.  During the drive, she was shot several times in the chest and crashed her car into a utility pole.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police say robbery was not the motive, and they’re checking her e-mails and phone records to see if there are any clues as to who might have wanted such an important Hollywood fixture dead.