Thursday, May 23, 2024

Exclusive: Ronni Chasen–Her Brother Thinks “It Was Road Rage”


Ronni Chasen‘s brother, screenwriter Larry Cohen, says he thinks his publicist sister’s death was due to “road rage.”

Cohen, whom I spoke with this afternoon, is awaiting word like everyone else from the police about who killed his sister on November 16th and why. Cohen is grieving; his voice on the phone can only be described as distant.

Cohen  told me, “I’m sure it was road rage. I’m sure it was some kind of random thing.”

When I mentioned to him that most reports indicate a personal motivation for the murder, he said he disagreed. “Everything I’ve read in the paper is wrong. Everything the New York Post wrote about Ronni was wrong: the difference in our ages, when she changed her name, everything.”

Cohen brought up mistakes in the papers, and then I asked about the rumors of a family member having gambling debts. He insisted, “I don’t play poker. I don’t gamble. My two daughters don’t gamble. Someone writes something on the internet and it’s everywhere, whether it’s true or not.”

So we’re clearing this up for Larry Cohen and hope, like him, that answers are forthcoming and satisfying.

PS Larry Cohen did see his sister quite a few times, he says, before she died. They ran into each other at Wolfgang’s Steak House in Beverly Hills the day before she died. “We also were at the premiere of Black Swan together,” he said, a few days earlier. It’s not much, but it’s something to hold on to.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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