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Dudu Topaz, the disgraced Israeli television star who was arrested recently after admitting to orchestrating attacks on entertainment industry honchos he believed had wronged him, hung himself in his prison cell this morning. He was 63. An official investigation has been launched to ascertain how Topaz—whose cell was under constant surveillance since a failed suicide attempt in May—managed to take his own life.

Among Topaz’s alleged list of victims were producers, agents, and fellow entertainers, all of whom, Topaz believed, were actively sabotaging his career. Just last week, an envelope from Topaz—addressed to Tzvika Hadar, the host of Israel’s version of American Idol—was discovered in a Jerusalem post office. Inside was a bullet. “This,” Topaz wrote in an enclosed note, “is the end.”

Judge to Oversee Topaz Suicide Probe [JPost]
Related: Crime Time [Tablet]





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