Madonna remembers Linda Stein

Madonna, Elton John remember Linda Stein

11/1/2007 5:49 PM
By Larry Mcshane, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) -- Linda Stein beat cancer, survived the Bowery's
seedy punk rock scene and thrived amid the high-stakes world of
Manhattan real estate. Her sudden death came in an unexpected way and
place: violently, inside her $3 million Fifth Avenue apartment.

brutal bludgeoning of the 62-year-old Stein, dubbed the "Realtor to the
Stars" in the years after she quit rock 'n' roll for real estate, left
behind shaken friends and family as police searched Thursday for her
killer. Stein was found face-down two nights earlier in the living room
of her apartment.

A team of detectives was interviewing
employees at her posh doorman building, and reviewing security
videotape in an effort to identify a suspect.

Friends like Madonna and Elton John recalled Stein's indomitable personality, and her triumph against breast cancer.

was an unknown singer when she signed with Sire Records, owned by
Linda's ex-husband Seymour, in the early '80s. Later, with Linda's
help, the now international star purchased a pricey Central Park West

"I had a great visit with Linda and Seymour backstage
after my show last year at Madison Square Garden, and we of course
reminisced about the good old days," Madonna said. "I deeply admired
her courage in her battle with breast cancer, as well as her career

"She raised two wonderful daughters," Madonna said. "That was her best accomplishment of all."


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