Legendary hairstylist Vidal Sassoon dead at 84
Vidal Sassoon cuts the hair of a lookalike for Vogue editor Anna Wintour at his autobiography signing in 2010.
May 9th, 2012
03:56 PM ET

Legendary hairstylist Vidal Sassoon dead at 84

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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  1. Merkat

    He died at him home? How hard is it to spell check?

    May 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rush

    "at him Los Angeles home"... ::snicker::

    May 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cutedog2

    Typical of this president who is always late to the party when he has an opinion about current events. Thanks President Obama, can you get back to the economy now?

    May 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • UseYourBrain

      Have you been drinking?? This article is about the death of Vidal Sassoon; what does it have to do with Obama??
      Lay off the moonshine!

      May 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jj

      What? Go back to his ungodly amount of spending our money??? How is it that one man can plunge the US debt five trillion dollars in three n a half years time?

      May 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • JamesBenson

      Can you get back to the right article now?

      May 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Shmeckell

    The top six headlines are gay, and now a dead hairstylist. Come on, thats funny

    May 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Margo

    Seriously, that Julia or Julie stuff...cradle to the grave, reminds me of this union I used to work for and that was their mantra...funny that pension fund was one of the first to go because of underfunding and really, out of all the candidates I would have to vote for Obama but he has me shaking my head on this one....

    May 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. richp

    We also lost PFC Dustin D Gross, 19, Spc Chase C Marta, 24, Sgt Jacob M Schwallie, 22, United States Army who were killed in Afghanistan serving and paying the ultimate price, not marketing over priced hair products.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      We didn't lose them, they died murdering brown people for our 1%, I shed no tears for dead soldiers.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Margo

    To UseYourBrain, guess the death of the hairstylist wasn't the main things on our minds...who cares anyways, he didn't cut my hair, and probably not many other people for a very long time. Sorry for his family but really I guess we are just looking for a sound off forum.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Shared no tears for the death of any member of the elite.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. veteran

    @ mickey 1313 you said you shed no tears for dead soldiers. Shame on you!! I can only hope you are a troll but if you arnt,its because of them soldiers that we have the freedoms that we have. You know what where were you on 911.You and your kind wasnt spewing your ignorance.If you felt the same way on that day you were hiding in some hole shaking like the coward you are.Heres a idea you might want to slither back in that hole where you came from,because you will run your mouth off and get your A ss kicked but good.Its young men like you thats the reason why we should have the draft.You have absolutely no respet 4 anyone or anything.

    May 9, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ted M.

    That is one of the shortest obituaries I think I've ever read. Is there no more information on his life? Was he a recluse?

    May 9, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. stampe di arte

    Grazie, davvero un bel commento

    May 11, 2012 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
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    May 12, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |