By Lisa Respers France | CNN
A business leader who had worked with several high-profile celebrities, including the Kardashian-Jenner familywas found dead this week, according to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Bureau Homicide Division.
Angela Kukawski, 55, was reported missing in Sherman Oaks on December 22, according to police.
She was later found dead inside her vehicle in the 1500 block of Patricia Ave in Simi Valley.
“Angela was truly the best. She cared about each of us and made impossible things happen,” the Kardashian-Jenner family said in a statement to CNN. “She will be greatly missed and we send our sincere condolences to her family and loved ones during this most difficult time.”
According to the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office, Kukawski suffered blunt force trauma and strangulation.
Authorities have arrested Kukawski’s 49-year-old boyfriend, Jason Barker, on suspicion of murder.
Detectives allege Barker killed Kukawski inside their Sherman Oaks home, placed her in his vehicle before driving her body to Simi Valley and leaving the car there.
He was incarcerated in Van Nuys Prison, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed murder and torture charges against him.
According to inmate admissions information posted on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department websiteBarker’s bond has been set at over $3 million and he is currently still in custody.
Barker is next due in court on January 12.
It is not yet known if Barker has retained the services of an attorney.
kukowski reportedly worked for Boulevard Managert in Woodland Hills, Calif., where his client list included many celebrities like Nicki Minaj and Offset.
On Wednesday, Minaj took to her Instagram Stories to post a tribute to Kukawski.
“The hardest working, most reliable, sweetest person you will ever know,” Minaj wrote. “You didn’t deserve this Angela. My heart breaks for your children. Rest in peace.”
Offset also posted on his IG Stories.
“RIP Angie such a sweetheart you have helped me so much,” he wrote. “I’ve spoken to you every week I’m in disbelief (sic) SMH prayer to your soul.”
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