Olivia Newton-John contractor dies at star's home

August 20, 2013 8:28:52 AM PDT
Crime scene technicians spent about three hours gathering evidence at the home of actress and singer Olivia Newton-John.

Their presence attracted the attention of a handful of neighbors who were wondering what happened at the home of a celebrity. Police will only say that it appears that a man took his life, and for now they are calling it a death investigation.

Jupiter Island Colony police received a call shortly after noon Monday. When they arrived at the home on Lighthouse Drive, they found a man dead on the property.

"We received a call of a possible suicide, and we're investigating it right now at this time," said Captain John Pruitt, Jupiter Inlet Colony Police.

According to the Palm Beach County property appraiser, the home is owned by Newton-John and her husband.

"I can tell you it doesn't involve the homeowner, and it's a male," Pruitt said.

According to Jupiter police, the man is a 42-year-old contractor who was hired by the homeowners. Investigators say he was making repairs to the home, which according to at least one published report this month, was about to be sold to Rosie O'Donnell, who just sold her Miami Beach home this summer.

"We have detectives going through the steps of investigating the case and crime scene and documenting it and just making sure we conduct a thorough investigation," Pruitt said.

The construction company of the deceased male did not want to comment and hung up. An architect who worked him, including on the home says he was blind-sided by the death of his friend and colleague. He says the deceased was an outgoing, upbeat and was one of the nicest people in the world.

The singer's hits include "You're The One That I Want," a duet with John Travolta from the 1978 movie "Grease."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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