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  • Betsy Bloomingdale, widow of department store heir, dies at 93

    Betsy Bloomingdale, widow of department store heir, dies at 93

    Betsy Bloomingdale, a department store heir's widow who hobnobbed with the world's elite, epitomized high fashion and was best friends with former first lady Nancy Reagan, has died. She was 93. The socialite and philanthropist died Tuesday at her home in the exclusive Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles...

  • Claude Williamson dies at 89; versatile jazz pianist was mainstay of West Coast cool

    Claude Williamson dies at 89; versatile jazz pianist was mainstay of West Coast cool

    Claude Williamson, a versatile pianist who skillfully merged the bebop style of the East with the laid-back sound of the West, securing himself a seat in the cool L.A. jazz scene of the ‘50s, has died. Williamson, 89, died in a facility in Sunland on Saturday, said his son, Marc Williamson. He...

  • David Horowitz dies at 86; longtime Hollywood publicist

    David Horowitz dies at 86; longtime Hollywood publicist

    David H. Horowitz, a longtime Oscar publicist who helped broker public appearances for Bill Clinton, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles, said friend and colleague Carl Samrock. He was 86. Horowitz was a publicist for various Hollywood celebrities, but was known particularly for his Academy...

  • Melvin Durslag, longtime Los Angeles sportswriter and columnist, dies at 95

    Melvin Durslag, a  sports columnist who covered the Los Angeles  scene for decades beginning in 1939, died Sunday at a convalescent home in Santa Monica after a brief illness, according to friend and former colleague Larry Stewart. He was 95. Durslag was said to string “together words like Nolan...

  • Carolyn See, award-winning Southern California writer, dies at 82

    Carolyn See, award-winning Southern California writer, dies at 82

    Carolyn See, an author, teacher and colorful woman of letters whose scrappy humor and survivor's wisdom spiced her novels about the disaster-prone fantasyland that was her California, has died. She was 82. She died Wednesday in Santa Monica of cancer, said her daughter Lisa See. Awarded the L.A....

  • William H McNeill, prize-winning world historian, dead at 98

    William H McNeill, prize-winning world historian, dead at 98

    William H. McNeill, the groundbreaking scholar who wove the stories of civilizations worldwide into the landmark “The Rise of the West” and described the power of disease to forge history in “Plagues and People,” died Friday. He was 98. McNeill, who died in Torrington, Conn., wrote more than 20...

  • Former rebel Serb leader Goran Hadzic dies at 58

    The former leader of rebel Serbs in Croatia, Goran Hadzic, has died. He was 58. Hadzic, who had brain cancer, died Tuesday at the Hospital Center in Novi Sad in northern Serbia, the hospital said. He was arrested in 2011 and faced war crimes charges for his leadership of a campaign to carve off...

  • Noel Neill dies at 95; first actress to play Lois Lane

    Noel Neill dies at 95; first actress to play Lois Lane

    Noel Neill, the petite, red-haired actress best known for playing spunky Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane on TV’s “Adventures of Superman” in the 1950s, died July 3 at her home in Tucson, according to the Associated Press. She was 95. A minor Paramount contract player and a World War II GI pinup...

  • Sydney Schanberg dies at 82; New York Times correspondent won Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Cambodia

    Sydney Schanberg dies at 82; New York Times correspondent won Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Cambodia

    Sydney H. Schanberg, a former correspondent for the New York Times awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the genocide in Cambodia in 1975 — and whose story of the survival of his assistant inspired the film "The Killing Fields" — has died. He was 82. The Times reported that Schanberg died...

  • Larry Bock dies at 56; biotech entrepreneur launched science festivals

    Larry Bock dies at 56; biotech entrepreneur launched science festivals

    Lawrence A. Bock, an Encinitas biotech entrepreneur who founded the San Diego Science Festival and used it as a model to create the USA Science and Engineering Festival, has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 56. His death Wednesday was confirmed by USA Science and Engineering, the nation’s largest...

  • Marian Bergeson, pioneering Orange County politician, dies at 90

    Marian Bergeson, a pioneering Orange County politician who was the first woman to serve both in the state Senate and Assembly, has died. She was 90. Bergeson championed educational issues for much of her political career. But in the mid-1990s, as an Orange County supervisor, she helped guide the...

  • Joe Jares, author and longtime L.A. sports writer, dies at 78

    Joe Jares, author and longtime L.A. sports writer, dies at 78

    Joe Jares set out in the early 1970s to write a book about pro wrestling, relying on both his reporting skills and his childhood memories. His father was Frank Jares Sr., a villain in the sport’s early, black-and-white television heyday who fought as Brother Frank, the Mormon Mauler from Provo,...

  • Anton Yelchin, actor in 'Star Trek' films, dies in freak car accident at age 27

    Anton Yelchin, actor in 'Star Trek' films, dies in freak car accident at age 27

    Actor Anton Yelchin, perhaps best known for his role in the new “Star Trek” films, died early Sunday after his vehicle rolled down his Studio City driveway and trapped the actor against a brick post, authorities confirmed. Friends went to the 27-year-old actor’s gated hillside home shortly after...

  • 'Romper Room' host Mary Ann King dies at 82

    Mary Ann King, who peered through her “Magic Mirror” to host the children's TV show “Romper Room” in Los Angeles, has died. She was 82.  Her daughter told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that King died Thursday at a senior center in Chino Hills.  King locally hosted “Romper Room” from 1966 to 1976....

  • Ruben Aguirre, who played 'Profesor Jirafales' in an iconic Spanish-language series, dies at 82

    Ruben Aguirre, who played 'Profesor Jirafales' in an iconic Spanish-language series, dies at 82

    Rubén Aguirre, famous for his portrayal of the towering “Profesor  Jirafales,” the likable and often disrespected giraffe teacher on the 1970s-era hit show “El Chavo del Ocho,” died Friday from complications of pneumonia. He was 82. Aguirre, who had battled various complications of diabetes in...

  • Lois Duncan, young-adult fiction writer, dies at 82

    Lois Duncan, young-adult fiction writer, dies at 82

    Lois Duncan, a prolific writer of suspense novels for young adults who also chronicled her decades-long inquiry into the unsolved homicide of her own daughter, has died. She was 82. Albuquerque-based private investigator Pat Caristo said Thursday that Duncan had died at her home near Sarasota,...

  • Janet Waldo, voice of Judy Jetson and Josie, dies at 96

    Janet Waldo, voice of Judy Jetson and Josie, dies at 96

    Janet Waldo, who provided the voice for Judy Jetson and many other cartoon characters, has died. The veteran film, TV and radio actress died Sunday at age 96 at her home in Encino. Her daughter Lucy Lee told the Associated Press on Monday that Waldo had been battling a brain tumor. See the most-read...

  • Mell Lazarus dies at 89; Woodland Hills cartoonist behind 'Momma' and 'Miss Peach'

    Mell Lazarus dies at 89; Woodland Hills cartoonist behind 'Momma' and 'Miss Peach'

    Mell Lazarus’ mother was unfazed by her son’s famous comic strip about a nagging, meddling mother. That’s because Frances Lazarus, who lived near him in Woodland Hills, would never admit that “Momma” was based on her, though of course it was. “She would say, ‘You have captured Aunt Helen perfectly,’”...

  • Jan Crouch dies at 78; televangelist co-founded Trinity Broadcasting Network

    Jan Crouch dies at 78; televangelist co-founded Trinity Broadcasting Network

    With her swoops of blond hair, heavy eye makeup and singsong voice, Jan Crouch was one of the most recognizable and enduring figures in Orange Country’s televangelism pantheon. Crouch, who co-founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network with her husband more than four decades ago, died Tuesday, just...

  • Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza collapses on stage in L.A. and dies

    Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza collapses on stage in L.A. and dies

    Nick Menza, former drummer for the influential metal band Megadeth, died after collapsing on stage during a performance of his progressive jazz trio in Los Angeles, a family spokesman said Sunday. Menza's latest band, OHM, was three songs into a semi-regular set at the Baked Potato in Studio City...

  • Alan Young dies at 96; star of TV's 'Mister Ed'

    Alan Young dies at 96; star of TV's 'Mister Ed'

    Alan Young, the amiable comedic actor who became a TV icon in the early 1960s starring opposite a talking horse named Mister Ed, died Thursday. He was 96. Young, whose later career included doing the voices for Scrooge McDuck and other cartoon characters, died of natural causes at the Motion Picture...

  • Early Beatles publicist Tony Barrow dies at 80; coined ‘Fab Four' phrase

    Tony Barrow, the British publicist who coined the phrase “Fab Four” to describe the early Beatles, has died. Barrow, 80, died in a Lancaster hospital Saturday following a lengthy illness, his son Mike Barrow said Tuesday. Former Beatle Paul McCartney said Barrow “was a lovely guy who helped us...

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