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LEGENDARY COLUMNIST GONE Nikki Finke dead at 68: The Cause of Death Revealed

The long-time entertainment reporter died on Sunday morning in Boca Raton, Florida, after a lengthy illness.


According to Deadline.com, journalist Finke created her blog Deadline Hollywood Daily in 2006 as an online version of her LA Weekly column Deadline Hollywood.

She uncovered little-known Hollywood incidents, making her a voice for the powerless in the entertainment business and an enemy of those who expects their high-powered secrets to be kept private.

Her exclusives were greatly valued for their devious truths, which she affirmed with her knowing signature “TOLDJA!”

Finke was famed for “live-snarking” during several of Hollywood’s major award events.

These live blogging for the Golden Globes, Emmys, and Oscars included disclaimers such as “Not for the easily offended or absurdly naive.”

“At her finest, Nikki Finke represented the spirit of journalism, and was never hesitant to communicate the harsh realities with an incisive style and an intriguing spark,” stated Jay Penske, founder, chairman, and CEO of the Penske Media Corporation.

“She was outspoken and honest.” Nikki was never easy, but she will always be remembered as one of the most unforgettable persons in my life.”

Finke formerly worked for a number of large news organizations throughout the world, according to Deadline.

She traveled to Moscow and London as an Associated Press international journalist while living on Long Island, New York.

Finke worked as a Newsweek correspondent in both Washington, DC, and Los Angeles. She was also a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times entertainment and features pages. Finke hosted an entertainment business insider show on the radio in California. Finke has appeared in the New York Observer and New York Magazine.

Finke joined the LA Weekly staff in 2002, and her column was titled “Deadline Hollywood.” Her column focused on the inner workings of Hollywood. Finke obtained the Deadline domain name on the internet for $14 and launched her website in order to convey breaking news in a more timely manner.

According to Deadline, it debuted in March 2006 as Deadline Hollywood Daily. The New York Observer even named her “Media Mensch of the Year.” Finke extensively covered the 2007-2008 writer’s strike, which boosted the popularity of her website and column. Penske would buy the site and become its editor-in-chief in 2009.

Finke was ranked #79 on Forbes’ list of The World’s Most Powerful Women in 2010. Finke plans to build a second website in 2015.

This website, HollywoodDementia.com, would concentrate on fake Hollywood stories. Finke served as a judge for the Mirror Awards, which honor media journalists, for 10 years, from 2011 to 2021. Wellesley was Finke’s alma mater, and she had been a longtime supporter and speaker for the institution.

Finke is survived by her sister Terry Finke Dreyfus, brother-in-law James Dreyfus, and nieces Sarah Greenhill and Diana Leighton. According to Deadline, a private memorial ceremony will be performed in her honor.

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