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Linda Stein, celebrity real estate agent, found murdered

By Laurie Bennett

November 4, 2007 at 9:34am

Update: On Nov. 9, police reported an arrest in the case. Natavia Lowery, 26, of Brooklyn, Stein’s personal assistant, has been taken into custody and charges are pending. According to the New York Times, the assistant told police that Stein “kept yelling at her.”

Our updated story is now here

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Linda Stein, punk rock band manager and real estate agent to the stars, was found dead Tuesday night in her apartment on Manhattan’s upper east side.

Police said she had been bludgeoned to death.

Stein, 62, co-managed the Ramones, a band that recorded on Sire Records, a label founded by her ex-husband, Seymour Stein. She later became a real estate agent, buying and selling upscale digs for Billy Joel, Sylvester Stallone, Debra Winger, Perry Ellis and other celebrities.

A powerful personality, Stein was the inspiration for Sylvia Miles, the aggressive real estate agent in the movie Wall Street.

Close friend Elton John issued a statement saying: “I’m absolutely shocked and upset. She’s been a friend for over 37 years and will be greatly missed, She did so much for breast cancer and was a huge supporter of my AIDS foundation.”

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