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Golden Globe Winner Dedicates Prize to Chasen

Diane Warren at the Golden Globes. Photo: Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Diane Warren, who won a Golden Globe award yesterday for Best Original Song for “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from the film Burlesque, dedicated her prize to Ronni Chasen.

Chasen, who worked on the publicity for the movie’s soundtrack, was killed while driving home from the premiere of the film in Los Angeles.

“I dedicated this to Ronni. Anything I get, I will dedicate to Ronni,” Warren said.

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Chasen’s Work Reflected by Golden Globe Nominees

Characters from the Golden Globe nominated film 'Alice in Wonderland'

Golden Globe nominations were announced today, and 18 films up for awards have ties to Ronni Chasen, the Hollywood publicist killed on November 16, according to the L.A. Times. In the original score and song categories, she worked with seven of 10 nominees including Burlesque, Alice in Wonderland, and Inception.

Investigators have said they believe that Harold Smith acted alone in the crime, shooting Chasen while riding a bicycle in Beverly Hills. Smith committed suicide earlier this month. However, friends and others have expressed their skepticism over the explanation.

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UPDATED: Police Have the Gun That Killed Chasen

The L.A. Times blog is reporting that the gun recovered from the man who committed suicide in the lobby of a Hollywood apartment building last week is the gun used in the shooting of Ronni Chasen.

The man, who has since been identified as Harold Martin Smith, shot himself when he was approached by police investigating Chasen’s killing. Police were tipped by the TV program America’s Most Wanted, according to the blog. Police identified him as a person of interest.

This is the latest a number of twists and turns in the case since the shooting on November 16.

Update: Beverly Hills Police Chief David Snowden confirms that the gun used by Harold Martin Smith to commit suicide is the gun used to shoot Ronni Chasen, the AP reports. In addition, it’s believed that Smith acted alone in committing the crime and it was not a professional hit.

Update: Beverly Hills investigators believe that Ronni Chasen’s killing was a robbery gone bad, CBS News reports. BHPD Chief Snowden suggests that Smith rode a bicycle while committing the crime. Police are also saying that Smith’s earlier claim that he’d been paid $10,000 is untrue.

Friends and observers are doubtful of the police assessment. A former prosecutor, Robin Sax, raised a number of questions during an appearance on The Early Show today. Sax called it “a little bit strange” that the crime was committed on a bicycle given where the bullets struck Chasen and the distance between Hollywood and Beverly Hills (about seven miles).

The case remains open.

LAPD May Know Who Ordered the Hit on Ronni Chasen

Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen may have been murdered due to a business deal gone bad, according to an email sent to Nikki Finke by journalist Allison Hope Weiner.

Chasen was shot multiple times on her way home from a movie premiere on November 16, and the details of the case keep getting weirder.  Suspect Harold Martin Smith killed himself as the police were closing in, and it’s been revealed he talked about receiving $10,000 for the hit on Chasen.  Yesterday her road rage was thought to provoke the shooting, and now it looks carefully planned.

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Man Connected to Chasen Case Commits Suicide

A man that police suspected was involved in the shooting death of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen committed suicide on Wednesday.

According to The Wrap, when police approached the man in the building lobby to speak with him, he backed away and shot himself.

Beverly Hills Police Department Lt. Tony Lee gave a press conference at 10p.m. last night in front of the Santa Monica Boulevard apartment hotel where police were close to serving a search warrant before the shocking turn of events. Police describe the man that the L.A. Times blog says was an ex-convict named Harold as a “person of interest.”

ABC News reports that the preliminary coroner’s report indicates that Chasen’s killer was an “expert marksman.”

Chasen’s funeral was held on November 21.

[Image via The Wrap.]

Video May Shed Light on Chasen Case

Police continue to investigate the mysterious shooting death of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen, uncovering video footage that may offer clues about what happened early Tuesday morning as she drove through Beverly Hills.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, investigators have video taken from the nearby home of Sherry Hackett, widow to comedian Buddy Hackett. Police are still looking for additional footage.

The current theory of the crime focuses on shots fired from a car that pulled alongside Chasen. Whether she was targeted or why she would have been is still unknown. It’s believed Chasen was driving home at the time of the shooting. Only minutes prior, she’d reportedly left a message for her staff.

Hollywood Publicist Dies After Suffering Gunshot Wounds

Update: The circumstances surrounding Ronni Chasen’s death remain a mystery as detectives continue their attempts to piece together what happened early Tuesday morning. Police are also waiting for a coroner’s report for further detail.

One of Chasen’s clients, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, is offering a $100,000 reward for information. A memorial took place Tuesday night on the West coast and Oscar-winner Scott Rudin had been planning for another in New York, the New York Times reports.

Veteran Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen, head of the firm Chasen & Co., died early Tuesday after suffering five multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. Chasen had been driving in Beverly Hills at about 12:30a.m. when her car crashed into a light pole, according to

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