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America’s Got Talent: Contestant’s Wife Dies Tragically During Auditions

October 26, 2010 11:00 AM by Allyson Wells


The auditions for America’s Got Talent have taken a tragic turn.  RadarOnline.com is reporting that Laura Finley, the wife of contestant Joe Finley, was found in a stairwell at the Millennium Hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday morning.  Los Angeles police are currently investigating the death.  Apparently, Laura was staying at the hotel while her husband was auditioning for the show.  The America’s Got Talent auditions were being held at the hotel.

In a twisted turn, RadarOnline.com reports that Joe auditioned for the show while his wife was still considered missing.  Apparently, he told police she was missing but then went to his audition anyway.

TMZ is reporting that Joe told police that both he and Laura took ecstasy on Friday night before going out.  They returned to their room around 3 am, when Laura got out of bed and left the room.  Joe assumed that Laura was out getting ice, but she was still gone when he woke up the next morning.  Police interviewed Joe after his audition.  During this questioning session, Joe not only revealed the drug use, but also that he still had ecstasy in his possession.  Joe was then arrested for drug possession and taken into custody before being released on $10,000 bail on Sunday.

Joe told TMZ that his wife was murdered.  “Somebody threw her off that railing.”  The police suspect that Laura fell from the 11th floor to the 3rd floor, but have not released the cause of death yet.  They are still determining if the death was a suicide, homicide or accident.

The show released the following statement to RadarOnline, “We are fully cooperating with authorities to investigate this very unfortunate situation and have no further comment at this time.”

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