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Louis Brown Jr., 90, father of Nicole Brown Simpson, who was slain in 1994, leading to a sensational trial in which her former husband O.J. Simpson was accused, died Thursday at home in Dana Point. Louis Brown had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease and died of natural causes, said family lawyer Natasha Roit.

Simpson was acquitted of the murder of his ex-wife and her friend Ronald Goldman in the criminal trial, but a civil case against the former football star brought by the victims' families resulted in a wrongful-death judgment of $33.5 million.

After the judgment in the 1997 civil case was announced, Brown, who had lost another daughter to disease, stood in the courtroom and told the Associated Press, "I want to get outside and scream."

He and another daughter, Denise, created the Nicole Brown Charitable Foundation to raise awareness of domestic violence. He also co-wrote a book, "Stop Domestic Violence," published in 1997.

His daughter Margit died in 1989 after a long illness.

Louis Brown was born Aug. 10, 1923 in Havana, Kan. He served as a pilot during World War II. He and his wife, Judi, were married in Switzerland; later this month would have been their 58th wedding anniversary.

He worked as a real estate broker and was involved in several other business ventures before retirement, Roit said.

Barry Moss

Prolific casting director

Barry Moss, 74, a casting director who worked on numerous Broadway and touring productions, as well as on films and television shows, died June 17 at Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital in New York. The cause was congestive heart failure, said his partner, Bob Kale.

Moss was involved in casting nearly 90 stage shows, including Broadway productions of "Sweeney Todd," "Nine," "Torch Song Trilogy" and "The Who's Tommy." In television, he worked on "The Cosby Show" (on which he appeared in two episodes) and several TV movies.

His film credits include "Cotton Club," "A Chorus Line" and the original "Friday the 13th" of 1980.

Moss was born Apr. 25, 1940, in Los Angeles and graduated from Fairfax High School. He worked at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences before moving to New York and working as an agent.

In 1981, he and Julie Hughes formed Hughes Moss Casting. At one point they had eight shows running simultaneously on Broadway.

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