Alexis Cohen (October 17, 1983 – July 25, 2009) was a two-time reality TV show contestant and singer on American Idol made famous when she directed an expletive-filled televised rant at the show's judges, after comparing her singing style to vocalists Grace Slick, Janis Joplin and Pat Benatar. She was called Glitter Girl in the press.
Cohen auditioning on American Idol
|Born||October 17, 1983|
Brooklyn, New York, United States
|Died||July 25, 2009 (aged 25)|
Seaside Heights, New Jersey, United States
Cohen's first audition on American Idol was in 2008 during Season Seven in Philadelphia, where she sang "Somebody to Love" by Jefferson Airplane. All three judges voted "no," eliminating her from the competition.
Cohen returned for a second audition in 2009 for Idol‘s Season Eight in Boston, singing the Madonna song, “Like a Virgin”. She again reacted negatively on camera after judge Simon Cowell called her performance "horrendous."
Cohen's performances on American Idol brought her a measure of fame, so much so that her death was covered by sources including People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Rolling Stone, ABC News, and The New York Daily News.
Cohen was struck by a hit and run driver in Seaside Heights, New Jersey in July 2009. Her body was found by two passersby along a road about 4 a.m. Paramedics performed lifesaving efforts before they arrived with Cohen at Community Medical Center in Toms River, N.J., where she was pronounced dead at6:35 a.m.
Daniel Bark, aged 27, was later arrested and indicted for drunk and reckless driving, manslaughter, and leaving the scene of an accident. Authorities later reported that Bark, who had a previous 2004 DUI conviction, was fleeing police when he struck and killed Cohen after failing to stop when a bicycle patrol officer ordered him to do so. Bark in November 2011 accepted a plea agreement and pleaded guilty to eluding police and drunk driving. Prosecutors dismissed manslaughter and other charges in the deadly traffic accident. A judge had quashed Bark's confession because police failed to advise him of his rights.
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