American Idol Contestant Found Dead Near Paula Abdul's Home

A dead body found in a parked car outside Paula Abdul's house has been identified as a former American Idol contestant, according to police.

Paula Goodspeed, 30, died of an apparent drug overdose. Goodspeed is a self-professed "big fan" of Abdul who briefly appeared on the fifth season of American Idol. Her televised rendition of "Proud Mary" was panned by the judges during the audition process. Abdul said at the time that she was "speechless" after hearing Goodspeed perform.

Fox News video at the scene shows a photo of Abdul hanging from the car's rear view mirror. The car's license plate reads: "ABL LV." Police say Goodspeed had a history of mental illness and was obsessed with the American Idol judge.

Abdul was at the studio when the body was found Tuesday evening and released the following statement today:"I am deeply shocked and saddened at what transpired. ... My heart and prayers go out to her family."