Tony Tranfa, Breeze editor was 49

Tony Tranfa, web editor and jazz critic of the Daily Breeze, died today after collapsing in a hallway at Torrance Memorial, where he was admitted last week. “Tony’s death is a loss not only for his family and colleagues at the Breeze but for the journalism community,” Editor Phillip Sanfield says on the paper's website. “He was a strong writer, passionate editor, writing coach and, most recently, online editor. He was the watchdog of our Web site 24/7. Largely due to his work, the Breeze Web site improved dramatically in recent years.”

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