Published: 2021-12-31 14:09
Last Updated: 2022-08-16 20:55
Angela Kukawski, 55, a business manager who had worked with several celebrities, including the Kardashian-Jenner family, was found dead earlier this week, said the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Bureau Homicide division.
Kukawski had been reported missing from Sherman Oaks Dec. 22.
Later, Kukawski was found dead inside her vehicle in the 1500 block of Patricia Ave in Simi Valley.
In statements to CNN, the Kardashian-Jenner family said "Angela was truly the best. She cared about every one of us and made things happen that were impossible."
"She will be greatly missed and we send our sincere condolences to her family and loved ones during this most difficult time."
The Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office said Kukawski suffered blunt force trauma and strangulation.
Authorities arrested her 49-year-old boyfriend, Jason Barker, on suspicion of murder. Detectives claim that Barker killed Kukawski inside their Sherman Oaks home, placed her inside her vehicle, drove her body to Simi Valley and left the car there.
Barker was put into Van Nuys Jail and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office filed murder and torture charges against him.
Kukawski had worked with many celebrities like Nicki Minaj and Offset.
Following the incident, Minaj took to her Instagram stories to post a tribute to Kukawski.
"Hardest working, most reliable, sweetest person you could ever know," Minaj wrote. "You didn't deserve this Angela. My heart is breaking for your children. Rest in Peace."
Offset also wrote, "R.I.P Angie such a sweetheart you helped me so much.”
"Talked to you every week I'm in disbelieve (sic) SMH prayer to your soul."