Notable deaths

These are the most recent obituary items from LA Observed.

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Perla_Rooftop_HR.jpg cartonlandia.jpg jgold-bot.jpg On the ground in Mexico and Puerto Rico, another LA Times exit, media obits and selected tweets.

Dick Gregory

LAO_DickGregory.jpg Political activist and comedian Dick Gregory died on August 19 at age 84.

Gary Friedman, 62, longtime LA Times photojournalist

gary-friedman-endeavour-gl.jpg gary-friedman-steve-lopez-gl.jpg Friedman was a stalwart of the Los Angeles Times photo staff for more than 30 years.

Kelly Wong, 29, Los Angeles firefighter

kelly-wong-wife-child-eric-leonard.jpg Wong-Kelly-lafd.jpg Wong was based in Rancho Park and was training at his new station downtown when he fell from a ladder and died.

John Severson, 83, founder of Surfer magazine

severson-young-surfline.jpg "Before John Severson, there was really no surf art, no surf magazines, no real surf films, no surfwear industry, no pro surfing, no Surfrider Foundation, no surf culture as we know it."

Cecilia Alvear, 77, trail blazing NBC News producer

cecilia-alvear-560.jpg cecilia-alvear-nbc-card.jpg Alvear started at KNBC and became NBC's first Latina news producer when she led Latin America coverage.

Rosie Hamlin, 71, writer and singer of 'Angel Baby'

rosie-hamlin-grab.jpg We must have played "Angel Baby" a million times since the only hit from Rosie and the Originals came out in 1961, Art Laboe posts on Facebook.

Robert Osborne, 84, host on Turner Classic Movies

robert-osborne-2013-tcm.jpg Osborne's TV credits begin in 1954, but in 1977 he took up writing for the Hollywood Reporter and became the genial first host of TCM movies.

Amy Dawes, 56, journalist and author

amy-dawes-iw.jpg book_sunset_cover3.jpg The Los Angeles entertainment journalist and author of "Sunset Boulevard: Cruising The Heart of Los Angeles” has died of cancer.

Richard Schickel, 84, film critic, director and author

richard-schickel-post-by-er.jpg "A giant of American film criticism," Kenneth Turan says of Schickel, the longtime Time critic, author and documentary maker.

Media notes: Anthony Marquez, 55, AP bureau chief in Los Angeles

cnn-black-panel.jpg Also: Exits from the LA Times, Google warns journalists, some Trump-inspired news jobs and more.

Kevin Starr, 76, the historian of California

kevin-starr-sf-chronicle.jpg The top contender for the title of preeminent observer of our state "chronicled the history of California as no one else," Gov. Jerry Brown said.

Lynne Westmore Bloom, 81, painted the Pink Lady of Malibu Canyon

pink-lady-in-pink.jpg lynne-seemayer-young.jpg As Lynne Seemayer, she created an indelible part of LA street art lore and became something of a legend.

Photographer dies in Port of LA copter crash

michael-justice-grab.jpg Michael Justice, who shot for the Wall Street Journal, Daily Breeze and LA Herald Examiner, was on assignment for the port in San Pedro.

Tyrus Wong, legendary Disney artist, was 106

tyrus-wong-bambi.jpg Wong's artwork inspired "Bambi." He contributed to other films and was also known for his beach kites.

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