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Body found near Laurel Canyon Park identified as fashion designer

Body found near Laurel Canyon Park identified as fashion designer
Authorities discovered a man's body on a remote trail near Laurel Canyon Park on Aug. 18. The coroner's office identified him as Drew Bernstein, owner of the clothing line Lip Service. (KTLA)

A body found on a remote trail near Laurel Canyon Park has been identified as the founder of a punk-Goth clothing company, authorities said Tuesday.

Drew Bernstein, 51, of Los Angeles died from an apparent suicide with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

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Bernstein, also known as "Lippy," founded Lip Service in 1985, directing its fashion toward Gothic, punk, rock and fetish world.

In a message posted Tuesday on Lip Service's Facebook page, the company representatives wrote, "Yesterday we lost our founder and dearest friend, Drew (aka Lippy). He was a good man who inspired everyone around him and there are not enough words to express how deeply he was loved and will be missed."

Linda Judy-Pugh wrote in message on Facebook that she and Drew started the company from their garages by making screen prints.

Firefighters found Bernstein's body about 8:45 a.m. Monday near the 8300 block of Mulholland Drive, about a five-minute hike from the road.

Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Dave Cueto said Monday afternoon the person died of an apparent self-inflicted wound to the chest.

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