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November 9, 2007

Linda Stein's assistant Natavia Lowery first suspect in her murder

The New York Police Department has made an arrest in the murder of former Ramones manager Linda Stein.

Stein, who had more recently become known as the "Realtor to the Stars," was found dead in her multi-million dollar Fifth Avenue Apartment.

Now her assistant, Natavia Lowery of Brooklyn, is in custody.

Cops say Lowery was picked up in Virginia Beach, Va. and returned to New York for questioning.

Lowery worked with Stein as a realtor, a profession she chose after helping build New York's punk music scene.

In addition to the Ramones, Linda Stein has a long list of celebrity friends and clientelle including Elton John, Madonna, Sting, Billy Joel, Steven Spielberg and Angelina Jolie.

"I had a great visit with Linda and Seymour backstage after my show last year at Madison Square Garden, and we of course reminisced about the good old days," Madonna said. "I deeply admired her courage in her battle with breast cancer, as well as her career success."

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Elton John was the godfather to Stein's daughter Mandy.

"I'm absolutely shocked and upset," John said. "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."

Stein's body was discovered by Mandy, a documentary filmmaker who did the film "Too Tough to Die" last year about the late guitarist Johnny Ramone. She had another daughter, Samantha, and a 3-year-old granddaughter.

"She raised two wonderful daughters," Madonna said. "That was her best accomplishment of all."


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