American Idol auditioner Alexis Cohen killed by car

American Idol 7 auditioner Alexis Cohen, who said she “march[es] to the beat of a different drummer” and flicked off Simon Cowell after being rejected, was killed by a car Saturday morning.

She “was struck by a car and killed in Seaside Heights [New Jersey] early Saturday morning in an apparent homicide,” and “[p]olice found Cohen’s car in a parking lot 300 yards away,” The Asbury Park Press reported. The paper says “[a]n autopsy conducted Saturday afternoon revealed chest and abdominal injuries and a closed head injury caused by collision with a vehicle.”

After her memorable audition that aired in 2008, she returned to audition for season eight, and while she was calmer, she was rejected and gave Simon the finger again. Before that aired, Alexis told the blog Idol Mania, “I returned for my fans and to call Simon an a**hole, and I didn’t scream a bit! It’s actually funny, boy were they rude! I thanked them for all their insults. Anyways, I’ve been in two movies since my last audition: one’s a feature film, even though I get paid p*ss. American Idol had one trained actor audition, and that was me.”

Here’s her audition in Philadelphia for season seven:

Ex-‘Idol’ contestant died after being struck by car [Asbury Park Press]
Exclusive: Alexis Cohen ‘Glitter Girl’ Returns to American Idol Season 8 Auditions [Idol Mania]

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