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Observations on the passing of prominent Angelenos and others whose lives we found interesting
Gil CatesElizabeth TaylorScott WilsonJill Kinmont Boothe
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Cecilia Alvear, 77, trail blazing NBC News producer

cecilia-alvear-560.jpg cecilia-alvear-nbc-card.jpg Alvear started at KNBC and became NBC's first Latina news producer when she led Latin America coverage.

Rosie Hamlin, 71, writer and singer of 'Angel Baby'

rosie-hamlin-grab.jpg We must have played "Angel Baby" a million times since the only hit from Rosie and the Originals came out in 1961, Art Laboe posts on Facebook.

Robert Osborne, 84, host on Turner Classic Movies

robert-osborne-2013-tcm.jpg Osborne's TV credits begin in 1954, but in 1977 he took up writing for the Hollywood Reporter and became the genial first host of TCM movies.

Amy Dawes, 56, journalist and author

amy-dawes-iw.jpg book_sunset_cover3.jpg The Los Angeles entertainment journalist and author of "Sunset Boulevard: Cruising The Heart of Los Angeles” has died of cancer.

Richard Schickel, 84, film critic, director and author

richard-schickel-post-by-er.jpg "A giant of American film criticism," Kenneth Turan says of Schickel, the longtime Time critic, author and documentary maker.

Media notes: Anthony Marquez, 55, AP bureau chief in Los Angeles

cnn-black-panel.jpg Also: Exits from the LA Times, Google warns journalists, some Trump-inspired news jobs and more.

Kevin Starr, 76, the historian of California

kevin-starr-sf-chronicle.jpg The top contender for the title of preeminent observer of our state "chronicled the history of California as no one else," Gov. Jerry Brown said.

Lynne Westmore Bloom, 81, painted the Pink Lady of Malibu Canyon

pink-lady-in-pink.jpg lynne-seemayer-young.jpg As Lynne Seemayer, she created an indelible part of LA street art lore and became something of a legend.

Photographer dies in Port of LA copter crash

michael-justice-grab.jpg Michael Justice, who shot for the Wall Street Journal, Daily Breeze and LA Herald Examiner, was on assignment for the port in San Pedro.

Tyrus Wong, legendary Disney artist, was 106

tyrus-wong-bambi.jpg Wong's artwork inspired "Bambi." He contributed to other films and was also known for his beach kites.

Read the memo: LA Times finally names an obituary editor

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg It's been awhile since there was an editor in charge of covering prominent deaths. He doesn't get any assigned writers.

Gwen Ifill, Washington journalist, 61

gwen-ifill-pbs.jpg Ifill died of cancer complications. Co-anchor Judy Woodruff gave viewers the news on "PBS News Hour," where Ifill was managing editor.

Leonard Cohen, 82

leonard-cohen-fb.jpg Cohen's official Facebook page announced his passing without details.

Tom Hayden, 76, author and political activist

tom-hayden-michigan.jpg Author, activist and former California state assemblyman and senator Tom Hayden has died in Santa Monica after a lengthy illness.

John Scott Finnell, 65, Doo Dah Parade's Snotty Scotty

thehankies.jpg Snotty Scotty and the Hankies led every single version of the Occasional Pasadena Doh Dah Parade.
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Wanda Coleman, poet was 67
wanda-coleman-2012.jpgThe Los Angeles poet Wanda Coleman died after a long illness. The LA Times said Coleman "was a key figure in the literary life of Los Angeles....[and] helped transform the city's literature." Story
How the media missed Jenni Rivera
jenni-rivera-smile.jpgHalf a century after Ritchie Valens, the national and local media got caught unawares again by the death of a major LA talent. Read
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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