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Aspen Socialite Nancy Pfister Died from a Head Injury with a Blunt Object: Coroner

Aspen Socialite Nancy Pfister Died from a Head Injury with a Blunt Object: Coroner

Originally posted 04/17/2014 10:00AM

A socialite who was found dead in her home in this Colorado resort town was killed by a blunt force injury to her head, the Pitkin County coroner said Wednesday.

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Filed Under: Aspen, True Crime
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Yum! See What Was Cooking at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen This Weekend

Celebrity Diners Club

Aspen Food & Wine Classic Brings All-Star Cuisine to the Mountains

Originally posted 06/17/2013 05:45PM

Ever have one of those weekends where you feel like you just ate too much?

Welcome to the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, where that happens – in the absolute best way.

At the weekend-long event, star chefs like Ming Tsai rolled sushi, Duff Goldman baked a lava cake bursting with Godiva chocolate, and new Top Chef champ Kristen Kish divulged that she eats chicken fingers and fries almost three times a week!

Check out some of the fun at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic – including a cameo by actress Allison Janney and a dance party featuring chef Marcus Samuelsson.

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Which Stars Escaped to Aspen Together? | James Van Der Beek, Kate Bosworth, Michael Polish

Which Stars Escaped to Aspen Together?

Originally posted 12/21/2012 06:00AM

Enjoying a snowy pre-holiday getaway to Aspen, Kate Bosworth and fiancé Michael Polish popped into the Audi allroad Aspen holiday party at eatery Casa Tua.

Bosworth, dressed stylishly (and warmly) in a black-and-white Proenza Schouler sweater dress, stuck close to her man as they walked through the hotel lobby on their way to the bash.

There, James Van Der Beek and his wife, Kimberly, sat chatting with friends, dishing on their first-ever snow day with their children, 2-year-old Olivia and 7-month-old Joshua.

Glee star Matthew Morrison and a friend joined the large group, too, after a long day on the slopes. Morrison mingled with giddy Aspen locals, while the Van Der Beeks sipped champagne with Bosworth and Polish, the group smiling and laughing at a table as they got to know each another better.

The foursome enjoyed some of the delicious dinner – Parmesan risotto, steak, roasted chicken, charcuterie and salads – while listening to the music of Michael Jackson, Sting and Rihanna spun by DJ Pesce.

The Van Der Beeks were the first to call it a night, leaving Bosworth and Polish cozied up and Morrison dancing with pals. – Jennifer Garcia

American Idol

American Idol Uncovers Talented and Tiresome Singers in Aspen

Originally posted 01/26/2012 09:00AM



Unlike a stop in Pittsburgh, American Idol got a mixed bag of contestants auditioning for season 11 in Aspen on Wednesday night. Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson heard 31 singers worthy of tickets to Hollywood and a handful of wacky performances worthy of fast-forwarding on your DVR, including color-guard coach Tealana Hedgespeth, who badly wanted to step out of her twin sister's shadow, and a (badly) British accented air guitarist from Iowa named Magic Cyclops. Seriously.

But Steven called server Curtis Gray "a major talent" after he sang "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday" by Boyz II Men. "Very nicely done," Randy told him. "Song selection was brilliant." Gray, who plays keyboard and vocals in a five-piece group, will just have to break the news to his band mates that he's going to Hollywood alone.

Haley Smith, a house cleaner, busser and meat packer from Orem, Utah, delighted the judges with what might be the most appropriate audition song ever, "Tell Me Something Good" by Chaka Khan. (Watch a clip above.) "You're putting your own spin on a great R&B song," Randy told her, adding she had a "natural gift." Steven was simply "honored to be here listening to your voice."

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Aspen Vacation Was the Final Straw for Heidi & Seal | Seal, Heidi Klum

'Aspen Was the Final Straw' for Heidi Klum & Seal, Sources Say

Originally posted 01/24/2012 05:30PM

Heidi Klum and Seal's trip to Aspen over the holidays was supposed to be about fun, family and skiing. But, sources tell PEOPLE, the Colorado resort town turned into the place where the now-separated couple realized their marriage was over.

"Aspen didn't go as well as planned ... there were more lows than highs," one source says. "Aspen was the final straw."

The couple, who were often apart due to work commitments, had hoped for quality time in the mountains.

"When they came together for Christmas as a family, things had changed and they fought a lot," another source says. "Their Aspen trip was a bit of a mess. Instead of enjoying being back together as a family, it was difficult for them to get along."

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