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Celebration of life for Lonnie White will be held Saturday at USC

A celebration of life gathering for Lonnie White, a former USC football player and Los Angeles Times sportswriter, will be held Saturday at noon in the Founder's Room of USC's Galen Center.

White died March 29. He was 49.

White played receiver and also was a special-teams player at USC from 1982 to 1986. His 716 yards in kick-off return yardage was a school season record that stood until 2010.

White worked for The Times from 1987 to 2008. He covered the Clippers, Kings, NFL, UCLA football, USC basketball and high school sports and was a general-assignment reporter.

He also wrote the book "UCLA vs. USC: 75 years of the Greatest Rivalry in Sports."

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at a memorial website (www.lonniewhitememorial.com) or to Terri White, P.O. Box 29713, Los Angeles, CA 90029-0713.

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