Jody “Babydol” Gibson — a former madam who operated an enormous community of prostitutes in Hollywood all through the ’80s and ’90s — has died … TMZ has discovered.
Regulation enforcement sources inform TMZ … cops received a name Sunday from a member of the family and responded to Jody’s Yucca Valley house round 11 AM, and she or he was pronounced useless on the scene. We’re instructed she seems to have died in her sleep, and no foul play is suspected.
Eric Markel, her husband of 12 years, confirmed her demise, and instructed us Jody’s demise is a little bit of a thriller — he explains she was not battling any recognized sickness, however she had suffered dramatic weight lack of late. He says she’d dropped all the way down to about 87 kilos.
Markel believes it is extremely related that they have been in the course of a nasty lawsuit concerning the sale of their house — he instructed us he thinks she died of “exhaustion” from the turmoil.
Gibson, infamously often known as “Sasha of the Valley,” did jail time within the early 2000s after being convicted of felony pimping in L.A. — with prosecutors on the time alleging she ran one of many greatest escort providers on the town … one thing JG herself ultimately copped to in books and in any other case. She’s mentioned to have had upwards of 300 girls working for her.
Babydol was sentenced to three years behind bars after going to trial however ended up simply doing 2. Her trial had Hollywood buzzing as a result of her black e book allegedly listed a number of big-name celebs — from sports activities, politics and leisure — as shoppers.
Her life story is fairly fascinating … she got here to L.A. within the early ’80s in search of stardom through a music and modeling profession — with the latter taking off first and changing into her fundamental bread and butter.
Quickly, an company she’d began started turning into an upscale hooking scorching spot.
Whereas she was operating that biz, Jody had a few on-camera appearances … exhibiting up in a B-movie horror flick referred to as “Evil Snicker,” and a visitor spot on the speak present “Up All Night time.” Later, she was featured a handful of occasions on ‘Larry King Reside,’ ‘The Playboy Morning Present’ and different one-off selection exhibits/docs.
Over the course of her life, Jody was not shy about sharing her journey … and ended up changing into considerably of a beloved popular culture icon. She was 64.