Notable deaths

These are the most recent obituary items from LA Observed.

Mary Ellen Mark, photographer, was 75

mary-ellen-mark.jpg streetwise-girl.jpg The renowned photojournalist of topics as varied as Seattle runaways, Bombay prostitutes, high school proms, twins and film sets died on Monday in New York.

Anne Meara, 85*, and John Nash, 86

anne-meara-nyt.jpg Meara, the actress and comedian, died in Manhattan. Nash, the mathematician portrayed in "A Beautiful Mind," was killed with his wife Alicia in a New Jersey taxi crash.

Los Angeles artist Chris Burden dies at 69

urban-light-burden.jpg Burden's "Urban Light" outside LACMA has become one of the most admired and photographed works of art in Los Angeles.

Dave Goldberg's legacy in the music business

dave-goldberg.jpg The Survey Monkey chief executive who reportedly died outside the U.S. while on vacation with his wife -- no details have been released -- was a pioneer in bringing digital music to the Internet.

Ben E. King tribute by 'Rhapsody in Black' (videos)

bill-gardner-fb.jpg rhapsody-in-black.jpg Bill Gardner soared with his on-air set devoted to the late Ben E. King on Saturday afternoon on KPFK.

Jack Ely, 71, lead singer on 'Louie Louie' (video)

kingsmen-cover.jpg richard-berry-louie-louie.jpg Ely co-founded the Portland garage band the Kingsmen and was the lead singer on their 1963 cover of "Louie Louie." Written by Angeleno Richard Berry, "LL" may be the most recorded rock song ever.

Richard Corliss, Time film critic, was 71

richard-corliss-time.jpg Corliss wrote about film for Time for 35 years, becoming "perhaps the magazine’s most quoted writer of all time."

Betty Willis, designer of iconic Las Vegas sign, was 91

LVSign_.jpg "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada" says the sign placed on the road into Vegas from LA in 1959. "A luminous diamond stretched like Silly Putty, each letter of 'Welcome' encircled by silver dollars."

Michael Higby, LA blogger, was 50

The lead blogger for many years at Mayor Sam's Sister City died Wednesday after a visit to the dentist.

Percy Sledge, soul singer, was 73

percy-sledge-rrhof.jpg "When a Man Loves a Woman" "raised the bar for soul balladeering for all time," the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wrote. Sledge died today in Baton Rouge.

David Laventhol, retired LA Times publisher, was 81

Laventhol created the Washington Post Style section and came to the Times through Newsday.
1969-Thunderbirds.jpg If you remember the names Ralphie Valladares and Shirley Hardman, this post is for you. Whoa, Nellie!

Stan Freberg -- satirist, ad man and more -- dies at 88

Stan-Freberg-album.jpg Stan Freberg had one of those Los Angeles careers. "The first great genius of American musical satire," says Harry Shearer.

Billy DeLury, Dodgers link to Brooklyn, was 81

vin-and-billy-soohoo.jpg Vin Scully had to announce another death in his Dodger family on Sunday, the day before the season opens at Dodger Stadium.

George Fischbeck, TV's Dr. George, dies at 92

dr-george-fischbeck.jpg Fischbeck was Channel 7's weatherman for nearly 20 years in the 1970s and 80s.

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