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Lohan defended over Altman letter
Lindsay Lohan
Lohan described Altman as a father figure
Lindsay Lohan's publicist has hit back at the press after journalists mocked a message the actress wrote following the death of film director Robert Altman.

"She was devastated... it was written very quickly and from the heart," said Lohan's spokeswoman Lesley Sloane.

Some columnists have mocked several errors they claim she made in the sympathy statement.

Altman, who died on 20 November aged 81, directed Lohan in his final film, A Prairie Home Companion.

'From the heart'

Ms Sloane said Lohan, 20, wrote the email note on her Blackberry just moments after she heard Altman had passed away.

"She was devastated, she started crying... here was a girl who found something special in this man that she felt so close to, and she was completely shocked and blown away that he had just died," she said.

Robert Altman
Robert Altman was one of Hollywood's legendary figures

"It was written very quickly and from the heart," she added.

Days after the message became public, Los Angeles Times columnist Patt Morrison ridiculed it on a website, labelling it "alarmingly incoherent" and wrote that Altman himself might have found it "comedic".

Lohan wrote that she felt "as if she'd just had the wind knocked out of me".

The actress went on to describe Altman as "the closest thing to my father and grandfather that I really do believe I've had in several years."

'Get a life'

Lohan's party-girl image is frequently a focus for the tabloid press and Ms Sloan said it was time to give the actress a break.

"It's enough already. Everybody has got to get a life. People need to get off her back," she said.

The actress was famously rebuked in a widely circulated letter earlier this year.

Studio executive James G Robinson, CEO of Morgan Creek Productions, allegedly accused Lohan of being "unprofessional" by turning up late on the set of the film Georgia Rules.

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