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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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David Lamb, retired LA Times star reporter, 76

david-lamb-vietnam-nyt.jpg Lamb was "the consummate newspaperman in the glory days of the profession," his LAT obit begins.

Muhammad Ali, 74

ali-nationofislam-olympicaud-lapl.jpg Muhammad Ali, who died today at age 74, had a lot of connections to Los Angeles.

Garry Shandling memorial was 'funny, sad, perfect'

garry-shandling-gq.jpg 900 or so friends gathered Sunday night at the Wilshire Ebell.

Steve Julian, 57, KPCC's morning host since 2000*

steve-julian-kpcc.png KPCC posted a little while ago that Julian, the station's longtime morning host, has died of brain cancer.

Filthy McNasty, LA club owner of lore

filthy-and-friends.jpg The original Filthy McNasty's occupied the Sunset Strip spot now the Viper Room. He also ran FM Station in the Valley.

Merle Haggard, 79, dies in his tour bus on his birthday

merle-haggard-tny.jpg "Maybe the greatest combination country singer and songwriter of his generation," Robert Hilburn said today.

Tom Hennessy, 80: Retired Press-Telegram columnist

tom-hennessy-twitter.jpg Hennessy spent 27 years as the staff columnist at the Long Beach Press-Telegram, and another six years writing occasional pieces.

Bill Rosendahl, 70: Former councilman had cancer

rosendahl-gleonard.jpg bill-rosendahl-mv-block-party.jpg The longtime Westside councilman and television host entered hospice care last month.

Ron Rogers, 72, public relations executive

ron-rogers-ruder.jpg Rogers grew up in the Hollywood PR business and launched his own firm, The Rogers Group, in 1978.

Christy O'Donnell, LAPD vet who sought right to die law

christyodonnell-daughter.jpg O'Donnell, 47, pushed Gov. Brown to sign California's new right-to-die act, which won't take effect until later this year.

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."
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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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