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Chris Cortijo, LAPD motor officer was 51

Chris-Cortijo-lapd .jpg Officer Chris Cortijo of the Valley Traffic Division died today of injuries he suffered when his motorcycle was hit by a DUI suspect in Sun Valley on Saturday.

Mickey Rooney, actor was 93

mickey-rooney-young.jpg They don't make Hollywood careers like this any more. Rooney's IMDb credits span 1926 to 2014 (340 listings), plus two Oscars and four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Anja Niedringhaus, AP photographer, killed in Afghanistan

gannon-Niedringhaus.jpg The Associated Press says that an Afghan police commander opened fire with an AK-47 Friday on two AP journalists, killing Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran correspondent Kathy Gannon.

Hobie Alter, designer of surfboards and catamarans was 80

HobieAlter-maki-grindtv.jpg Alter opened the first surf shop in Dana Point in 1954 and became "the godfather of the surf industry." A memorial paddle out will be held in front of his family home in Laguna Beach.

LA Times alums: Ruth Ryon, Lonnie White*

Thumbnail image for lonnie-white-wearesc.jpg Ruth Ryon created the LA Times' Hot Property feature. Lonnie White covered sports and had played football at USC, where he set the school's single-season record for kickoff return yardage.

James Rebhorn, actor was 65

rebhorn-showtime.jpg Rebhorn's most recent high-profile part was as Frank Mathison, the father of CIA agent Carrie Mathison in "Homeland." He also prosecuted Seinfeld and friends in the final episode of that series.

Dr. Richard Grossman, burn treatment pioneer was 81

Grossmans-with-sign.jpg Saturday obits include Hollywood voice artist Hal Douglas and production manager Abby Singer, whose name has become affixed to the penultimate shot of the day on Hollywood sets.

Bob Thomas, Hollywood reporter for AP was 92

bob-thomas-judy-garland-ap.jpg Bob Thomas began to cover Hollywood for the Associated Press in 1944, after fleeing the Fresno bureau. When he retired in 2010, Thomas held records for longest career as an entertainment reporter and most consecutive Academy Awards shows covered.

Larry Burrough, Herald Examiner and OC Register editor was 66 *

larry-burrough-fb.jpg The Herald Examiner alumni on Facebook have posted the news that former city editor Larry Burrough died Monday in Washington state. He went to the Orange County Register and also was managing editor of the Denver Post.

Nicholas Lee, LAPD Hollywood officer was 40

nick-lee-grab.jpg Nicholas Choung Lee is the Hollywood division officer who was killed today in the collision of his patrol car with a truck in Beverly Hills. Chief Charlie Beck tweeted, "A man of greatness and selflessness. Nick was a great cop."

Tony Gieske, jazz reviewer and editor was 82

tony-gieske-fb.jpg Robert Anthony "Tony" Gieske worked for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and spent 18 years at the Hollywood Reporter.

Harold Ramis, writer and director of comedy was 69

harold-ramis-ice-harvest-focus-f.jpg Let's stop for a minute to appreciate the comedy of Harold Ramis: "Caddyshack" and "Groundhog Day," "Animal House," "Ghostbusters," "Stripes" and more.

William F. Thomas, editor of the LA Times at its peak was 89

bill-thomas-letter.jpg Bill Thomas was editor of the Los Angeles from 1971 to 1989, a time in which the paper's reputation grew nationally due largely to the expansion in coverage and ambition he led.

Sid Caesar, comedy treasure was 91 (video)

sid-ceasar-grab.jpg Caesar's 1950s NBC program "Your Show of Shows" featured Imogene Coca and writers such as Mel Brooks, Woody Allen and Larry Gelbart. Caesar died today at home in Beverly Hills.

Shirley Temple Black, America's child movie star was 85

shirley-temple-lapl.jpg For five years during the Great Depression, Shirley Temple was the most popular movie star in America of any age. Her popularity saved 20th Century Fox. She later became an ambassador and prominent Republican.
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Wanda Coleman, poet was 67
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Mass burial of unclaimed dead
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Ashes of 1,656 people interred at Los Angeles County cemetery in Boyle Heights. Story
Oscar Niemeyer
strick-house-schall.jpgLate architect designed the Strick House in Santa Monica. Obit
David Courtney
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Stadium voice of the Angels, Clippers and Kings silenced at age 56. Story and videos
Sheriff John, beloved SoCal figure

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John Rovick — Sheriff John on KTTV for 18 years — died at 93 in a Boise nursing home. For a generation of Angelenos, his smile, fatherly messages and happy birthday greetings never faded from memory. You could call Sheriff John a pre-Vin Scully for LA boomers. Story and videos

Pedro E. Guerrero, 95
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Photographer teamed with architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Obit
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