A man who was a person of interest in the murder of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen is dead after committing suicide.
According to the Huffington Post, the unnamed man shot himself in the lobby of a hotel where residents rent rooms by the month.
Witnesses said the man appeared to shoot himself in the head Wednesday, splattering blood across the lobby of a building that is located in a blue-collar stretch of warehouses, tailors and travel agencies, and is next door to a dive bar called Gold Diggers Entertainment.
The LA County coroner reports that the deceased man has been identified, but his name is not being released because the next of kin has not been notified but police have released a description of the man, who they state is a black male in his 40s. .
Beverly Hills police Chief David Snowden told The Associated Press via e-mail that the man “was a person of interest only” in Chasen’s death and Police spokesman Tony Lee emphasized at a news conference that the murder investigation was not over.
Ronni Chasen was murdered after being shot multiple times as she drove home from a party following the premiere of the movie “Burlesque,” whose soundtrack she was promoting for an Oscar nomination.