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Michael Cohen dies at 79; co-founder of California fashion brand Michael Stars
Michael Cohen dies at 79; co-founder of California fashion brand Michael Stars

Michael Cohen, co-founder of the California fashion brand Michael Stars, died Friday at his Manhattan Beach home. He was 79. The cause was prostate cancer, brand publicist Jennifer Cornwall Rojas said. Cohen and Suzanne Lerner co-founded Michael Stars in 1986 as a brand dedicated to creating the perfect T-shirt. Over the next few decades, the brand evolved from being about "the Original Tee" into a collection of fashion for women and men synonymous with the California lifestyle. Cohen was born Oct. 16, 1935, in Cape Town, South Africa, the son of Abraham and Joyce Cohen. He graduated from the University of Cape Town and by age 21 had begun his career in the apparel...

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