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Legendary hairstylist Vidal Sassoon dies

Legendary hairstylist Vidal Sassoon dies
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 3:25pm

LOS ANGELES -- Vidal Sassoon, the legendary hairstylist, died of "apparent natural causes" at his Los Angeles home Wednesday morning, a Los Angeles police spokesman said. He was 84.

Police were called to Sassoon's Bel Air home on Mulholland Drive at 10:30 a.m., spokesman Kevin Maiberger said.

"When officers arrived, there were family members at the residence," Maiberger said.

Sassoon, a British native, spent several years as a young boy in a London orphanage after his father left and his mother could not afford to care for him.

Later, after his mother dreamed of her son being in a barber shop, she apprenticed him to a local barber. That began a career that saw him develop two classic hairstyles of the 1960s -- the bob and the even shorter five-point cut -- along with an eponymous hair care line, a range of hair care tools, and a chain of salons.

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