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Ronni Chasen Case Closed; Publicist Killed With Policeman's Stolen Gun

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 15, 2011 at 8:36AM

The Wrap has published a report on the closed case of publicist Ronni Chasen's death. The Beverly Hills Police confirmed that she was killed by a gun stolen from a police officer. Chasen was killed on November 16 on Sunset Boulevard while driving home from the premiere afterparty for Burlesque.
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The Wrap has published a report on the closed case of publicist Ronni Chasen's death. The Beverly Hills Police confirmed that she was killed by a gun stolen from a police officer. Chasen was killed on November 16 on Sunset Boulevard while driving home from the premiere afterparty for Burlesque.

Her passing was mourned by many in Hollywood. I still feel a chill when I pass her old apartment building on Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood, or the corner of Whittier and Sunset, where police are convinced that ex-convict Harold Smith shot Chasen four (not five) times; he shot himself to death on December 1st. Police insist that Chasen was not the victim of a hit.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.