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Waitress' star Adrienne Shelly's Family Rightfully Refused To Believe that She Took her Own Life

Olowokandi Fiyin
Aug 18, 2021
12:20 A.M.
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When Hollywood star Adrienne Shelly was found dead in her home office, hanging from the shower rod, authorities ruled it a suicide. However, Shelly’s loved ones rightly did not accept the conclusion.


It has been over a decade since Hollywood actress Adrienne Shelly sadly lost her life. On November 1, 2006, Shelly’s husband, Andy Ostroy, found her lifeless body hanging in the shower of her office building.

The circumstances surrounding her passing caused officers and investigators to conclude that it was suicide. However, some investigators felt the verdict was inconclusive, and Shelly’s family members refused to accept the suicide notion.

Adrienne Shelley at the 'Greenfingers' film screening at Sony Lincoln Square Theater in New York City | Photo: Getty Images



By November 6 in the same year, a young man, Diego Pillco, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Authorities found sneaker prints that were examined against everyone who has been in and around the crime scene.

Eventually, the investigation was expanded, and a construction site below Shelly’s office was inspected. That was where Pillco’s shoe print was found, and it matched with the one in her home office.



Pillco explained what ensued between him and Shelly to authorities. The then-19-year-old stated that he was working on the building just below Shelly’s office before the incident.

He noted that she had complained about the noise, and in a bid to stop her from alerting the police, he struck her on the head. Pillco shared that he was worried about losing his job or getting deported.


Shelly's daughter was only 3 years old when she passed away.

When he found Shelly unresponsive, he hauled her up and suspended her body with a sheet. Further examination showed that the “Sudden Manhattan” actress had died from being hung.


Pillco was sentenced to 25 years in prison which included a negotiation deal as he agreed to plead guilty. He is to be eligible for a reduction of a maximum of three years with good behavior.


In July 2017, Shelly’s husband released a public article where he bared his thoughts after a decade of his wife’s death. Andrew, a successful businessman, wrote of his pain while warning of the criticisms on how people mourned their losses.


He wrote in support of comedian Patton Oswalt, whose wife, Michelle McNamara, passed away in her sleep. He asked that Oswalt should not be judged because he had remarried.

Andrew put himself as a case study, noting that while he grieved and suffered in silence over the death of his wife, his body demanded needs considered “primal.”



Shelly's daughter was only 3 years old when she passed away. The “Factotum” actress’ legacy for her little girl, Sophie Ostro, has to do with how she perfectly transformed into a working mom.

When she was pregnant with Sophie, Shelly was co-starring and directing “Waitress.” The storyline had to do with a woman trying to escape her abusive husband while pregnant.

Being pregnant herself, the star actress was bothered about how she would handle her career and be a mom. She feared that she might lose a part of herself, but according to Andrew, his late wife fared well when their daughter arrived.

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