Notable deaths

These are the most recent obituary items from LA Observed.

Media and book notes for a summer weekend

press-club-awards-banner-2016.jpg makingofdonaldtrumpcover.jpg sonia-saraiya.jpg Coming, goings, awards and Donald Trump. Plus that LAT photographer pleads no contest and gets community service.

Bill Cunningham, 87, New York Times photographer

bill-cunningham-street-hat.jpg cunningham-at-store.jpg cunningham-at-nyt.jpg Cunningham created the genre of street fashion photography and was featured in a 2010 documentary.

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....

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