Observations on the passing of prominent Angelenos and others whose lives we found interesting
Gil CatesElizabeth TaylorScott WilsonJill Kinmont Boothe

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…"

Alan Cheuse, novelist and NPR contributor, dies at 75

alan-cheuse.npr.jpg Cheuse was injured in a crash near Santa Cruz two weeks ago.

Bob Baker, 67, former LA Times journalist

Baker worked for the Times as a reporter and editor for 26 years. He also contributed to LA Observed in the site's early years.

Susan Ahn Cuddy, 100, Korean-American pioneer in LA

susan-ahn-cuddy.jpg Born to the first Korean couple to immigrate to Los Angeles, she was a Navy code breaker in World War II, an activist in LA and part of a popular postwar restaurant family in the San Fernando Valley.
frances-kroll-ring.jpg Ring was the assistant who hid F. Scott Fitzgerald's drinking by dumping his empty gin bottles in Sepulveda Canyon in the months before he died.

Danny Villanueva, 77, media executive and former LA Ram*

danny-villanueva-325.jpg The kicker for the Rams in the 1960s became the news director and president of KMEX and a co-founder of Univision.

Kirk Kerkorian, 98, went from dropout to billionaire

Kirk-Kerkorian.jpg He bought MGM three times, owned Las Vegas hotels and at times was the richest man in Los Angeles.

John Carroll, 73, former editor of LA Times

john-carroll-iwmf.jpg The editor who led the Times to 13 Pulitzers in the first five years of Tribune ownership, then left rather than begin to dismantle the paper with cuts, died in Lexington, Kentucky of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

Vincent Bugliosi, Manson prosecutor and author, was 80

bugliosi-1971-herex.jpg After convicting Charles Manson and followers, Bugliosi wrote "Helter Skelter" and a number of other books.
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How the media missed Jenni Rivera
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Mass burial of unclaimed dead
Ashes of 1,656 people interred at Los Angeles County cemetery in Boyle Heights. Story
Oscar Niemeyer
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David Courtney
Stadium voice of the Angels, Clippers and Kings silenced at age 56. Story and videos
Sheriff John, beloved SoCal figure

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
Photographer teamed with architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Obit
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