Linda Stein, the broker to the stars and one-time Ramones manager, was murdered in her Fifth Avenue home last night, police said.
The death of the high-earning Prudential Douglas Elliman real estate broker was ruled a homicide today by the city medical examiner’s office, which said that Stein died from blunt impact injuries to the head and neck. Police have launched a murder investigation.
Stein, in her early 60s, was discovered unconscious in her 18th floor apartment at 965 Fifth Avenue, between 77th and 78th streets. Police said one of her two daughters found her face down in a pool of blood in her living room.
Stein had brokered real estate deals for Billy Joel, Sting, Michael Douglas and Steven Spielberg. Before becoming a broker, she helped managed the Ramones and helped get the punk rock band signed to her former husband’s label, the legendary Sire Records.
She and her husband of nine years, Seymour Stein, had two daughters, Mandy and Samantha Stein-Wells. Stein-Wells also works for Elliman.
She spent the beginning of her real estate career working for Edward Lee Cave. She had been working at Elliman of-and-on since the early ’90s.
Prudential Douglas Elliman President and CEO Dottie Herman said in a statement that Stein was “very loyal to our company, a good friend to all — and to me personally. This is a terrible tragedy and we extend our deepest sympathies to her family.”
Stein had battled breast cancer and had two mastectomies, author Stephen Gaines wrote in a chapter about Stein in his book, “The Sky’s the Limit.”