Notable deaths

These are the most recent obituary items from LA Observed.

Bob Baker, Los Angeles puppeteer, dies at 90

bob-baker-rocky-schenck.jpg bob-baker-hz.jpg The beloved Los Angeles puppeteer died today of natural causes, his representatives announced. In lieu of flowers, donations are urged to support the Bob Baker Marionette Theater.

Mike Nichols: Director dies at 83

mike-nichols.jpg The director of "The Graduate" and so much more has won an Oscar, an Emmy, Tonys and a Grammy.
jimmy-ruffin-motown.jpg Look inside and turn up the sound: As I walk this land of broken dreams... I have visions of many things.

Charles Champlin: LA arts and film journalist was 88

charles-champlin-thr.jpg Charles Champlin wore a lot of hats on the Los Angeles arts and entertainment journalism scene: LA Times arts editor, film critic, book critic, columnist, author, host of TV programs and more.

Doc Paskowitz, California surfing legend, dies at 93

RIPdoc-paskowitz.jpg Dorian Paskowitz was a Stanford-trained doctor who raised nine children on the beach in Orange County, surfed the world and even tried to make peace on the Gaza Strip. He "lived the ultimate surfing life."

Richard Duardo, LA master printmaker and artist, has died

richard-duardo-fb.jpg Tributes to the Los Angeles printmaker and artist Richard Duardo are filling my social feeds. Duardo has been referred to as the "Warhol of the West" for his prints of pop-culture icons.

Frank Mankiewicz: Democratic insider dies at 90

frank-mank-her-ex.jpg Mankiewicz died last week in Washington of heart failure. Among his many roles in public life, he announced the death of Robert F. Kennedy in the darkness of a Los Angeles morning.

Elizabeth Peña, actress dies at 55

elizabeth-pena-variety.jpg Peña had a screen presence you remember in films like "Lone Star" and "La Bamba." She recently had been directing TV episodes, voicing for "The Incredibles" and "Justice League" cartoons, and had finished work on an action series for the El Rey Network.

Nati Cano, mariachi legend of LA was 81

nati-cano.jpg Natividad Cano, the founder of Los Camperos de Nati Cano — probably the most famous mariachi band to be based in Los Angeles — died Friday at age 81.

Gerald Wilson, multi-faceted jazz great was 96

gerald-wilson-album.jpg Wilson, the jazz musician and arranger whose career spanned from 1930s swing to the present, died at home in Los Angeles today at age 96. He had come down with pneumonia two weeks ago.

Erick Alcaraz, off-duty LAPD officer was 24

alcaraz-lapd.jpg Alcaraz was killed on his motorcycle in a traffic collision in Torrance. He was due to start work in West LA division on Sunday.

Joan Rivers, comedy legend dies at age 81

joan-rivers-e.jpg Statement from Melissa Rivers says "It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers….My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh."

A.J. Langguth, author and USC journalism professor was 81

ajlangguth-usc.jpg The emeritus professor at Annenberg was a prolific author and had been a correspondent for the New York Times and Look, and a writer for the late Valley Times newspaper.

Deborah Sussman, Los Angeles area designer was 83

olympics-sussman.jpg Sussman began her career as an office designer for Charles and Ray Eames. She created a distinctive graphic look for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Lauren Bacall dies at age 89

lauren-bacall-1944-wb.jpg Bacall, the New York model who became an overnight movie star at age 19 after appearing opposite Humphrey Bogart (then 44) in “To Have and Have Not,” died Tuesday of a stroke at her home in the Dakota building in Manhattan.

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