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Glenn Frey, 67, co-founder of the Eagles (video)

glenn-frey-eagles-site.jpg Not many top bands with more certifiable Los Angeles roots than the Eagles, who met Linda Ronstadt at the Troubadour, became her band and with her blessing went out and dominated the 1970s.

David Bowie, 69, dead after fight with cancer

david-bowie-bw.jpg Bowie's social media accounts posted tonight that the musician and actor has died after an 18-month fight with cancer.

Michael Hamilburg, literary agent, was 82

michael-hamilburg.jpg Michael Hamilburg was the book agent for Jim Morrison, Jackie Robinson, Vincent Bugliosi and many other writers — as well as a number of Los Angeles journalists through the years....

Frank Armitage, 91, Disney Imagineer and illustrator

frank-armitage-disney.jpeg His career included work with David Alfaro Siqueiros, illustrating for "Sleeping Beauty" and "Fantastic Voyage," and murals for Disneyland and other Disney parks.

Bob Flick, 84, retired news producer for KNXT and NBC*

Flick survived the attack on journalists covering Jonestown that killed Rep. Leo Ryan in 1978 and helped to start "Entertainment Tonight."

Melvin Feuer: School volunteer was 92

mike-feuer-mel-mailer.jpg The father of City Attorney Mike Feuer died today. His talks with students at Castle Heights Elementary School were featured in a Steve Lopez column this year.

Leonard Shapiro, City Hall gadfly and pre-blogger, was 96

lat-screen-shot-shapiro.jpg leonard-shapiro-1993.jpg "If Los Angeles had another 100 Leonard Shapiros we'd be in a lot better shape than we are today," his wife wrote in a 1984 letter to the editor.

Scott Weiland was an LA media person*

scott-weiland-638.jpg Weiland, the singer with Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has died at age 48. He was a paste-up guy at the LA Daily Journal in the early 1990s.

Ricardo Galvez, 29, Downey police officer shot in his car*

galvez-downey-pd.jpg Galvez was a five-year veteran of the Downey Police Department from Whittier. Three suspects have been arrested.

P.F. Sloan may be the most famous songwriter you never heard of

pfsloan-grab.png Sloan, 70, died Monday night. 'For those who grew up in Southern California in the golden glow of the mid-'60s," Joel Bellman writes, "he produced the soundtrack of our lives."

George Barris, LA's king of car customizers, was 89

george-barris-vla.jpg The creator of the Batmobile and many other "kustom" cars for Hollywood was first a legend in the LA car culture.

Allan Hoffenblum, 75, leading California political consultant

allan-hoffenblum-mug.jpg Hoffenblum was a Republican strategist who created the nonpartisan and respected California Target Book.

Martin Milner, 83, actor and iconic TV cop

henrys-reed-malloy.jpg LAPD Chief Charlie Beck credits Milner's Pete Malloy with inspiring him to join the force.

Gerald Ruben, 80, longtime TV news executive in LA

gerald-ruben-fb.jpg "One of the great news producers of all time, anywhere," says Bob Tarlau on Facebook.

Oliver Sacks, 82, neurologist and author dies of cancer

musicophilia.jpg Sacks announced in a February Op-ed piece that he had spreading cancer and was detaching from big world concerns like the Middle East and global warming. "My generation is on the way out…"
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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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