Sad news on the American Idol front over the weekend, or at least for those who’ve watched the audition episodes and enjoyed those who tried and failed–and, in some cases, picked it up and redeemed themselves.  Alexis Cohen, an auditioner for the show on its latest two seasons, died early Saturday morning in Seaside Heights, NJ, the victim of a suspected hit-and-run.

The 25-year-old from Allentown, PA was found unresponsive on a street, roughly 300 yards from where her car was parked.  First aid workers brought her to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 6:35 in the morning.

An autopsy performed on Cohen revealed that she suffered multiple traumatic chest and abdominal injuries, as well as a closed head injury.  Authorities have classified the death as a homicide, with “evidence that her body was hit by a vehicle,” according to the town’s deputy police chief Michael Mohel.

Season seven viewers might remember Cohen during auditions in Philadelphia, where she claimed that she “[marches] to the beat of a different drummer.”  I’m watching the video below, and I remember her–the smell of incense that half-bothered Ryan Seacrest, her many pets, and perhaps the most memorable part of all, the way she dealt with Simon Cowell’s rejection of her during the auditions: by flashing fingers on the camera.  She did the same on the eighth season–I think she did it in front of Simon at that time, finally–and again, she vowed to be “victorious”.

The story had to end this way, quite sadly.

– Henrik Batallones, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: People Magazine
(Image courtesy of People Magazine)

Henrik Batallones

Staff Writer, BuddyTV