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Celeb Colorist Steven Tapp was Famously Unimpressed by Fame

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Celebrity Colorist and “Humble Genius” Steven Tapp Was Famously Unimpressed by Fame

by Heidi Siegmund Cuda

WEST HOLLYWOOD (Los Angeles Magazine) — Let’s get the sad stuff out of the way: Steven Tapp, the brilliant Hollywood colorist, committed suicide in May. He was 55. It was his third attempt. Those who loved him, as I did, have spent the time since his death trying to comprehend how such a gifted, gentle soul could leave us so brutally.

Steven was the king of Hollywood color. An artist who used dye as his paint and hair as his canvas, he saw the world in various shades of blonde. You can find examples of his flair for hair on the covers of Rolling Stone, W, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, GQ, and Interview.

To sit in Steven’s chair was to fall in love. It wasn’t just his genius but his humility. His longtime client Madonna once exclaimed, “Steven Tapp: You’re a humble genius.” And she was right.

Along with Madonna, Steven’s clients included Ricky Martin, Cameron Diaz, the Eagles’ Joe Walsh, Harry Hamlin, and a whole lotta wives: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills wives, Lakers wives, Dodgers wives. Clients flew in from Berlin; he even did the color for Terri Nunn, lead singer of […]

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Video Shows LASD Detective Leist Before She Was Fatally Struck

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LOS ANGELES (FOX 5) – LA County Sheriff’s Detective Amber Leist was killed after helping an elderly woman cross the street. FOX 11 reporter Gina Silva reports from Valley Village where people are remembering a deputy committed to helping others.

New surveillance video was released Monday that captured the moment an off-duty detective with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department helped an elderly woman cross the street just seconds before she was struck and killed in Valley Village over the weekend.

Det. Amber Joy Leist, 41, was a mother of two and a 12-year veteran with […]

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Law Enforcement Agencies Pay Respect to Fallen LA Detective

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LOS ANGELES (Fox LA) – The body of sheriff’s Detective Amber Leist, who was struck by a vehicle after helping a woman cross a Valley Village Street, was carried in a solemn procession Wednesday from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office to a mortuary in Covina, escorted by dozens of law enforcement vehicles.

The procession began near downtown Los Angeles shortly after 11 a.m. and arrived about an hour later at Malinow and Silverman Mortuary at 578 E. San Bernardino Road. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

The hearse carrying Leist’s body passed under an American flag hanging from a […]

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Homeless, High on Meth, Hollywood Superman Suffocated in Donation Bin

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Hollywood Blvd. Superman Suffocated To Death While High on Meth

HOLLYWOOD (TMZ) — Christopher Dennis — a street performer known for portraying Superman on Hollywood Blvd. for more than 25 years — died from a lack of oxygen after crawling into a clothing donation bin while high on drugs.

The Man of Steel impersonator suffocated to death as a result of blunt force trauma to his head and neck … this according to the L.A. County Coroner’s Office. The Coroner’s report also cites methamphetamine toxicity as a significant factor in his death.

Christopher suffered the fatal injuries after being partially entrapped within a metal box used for donating clothes, according to the Coroner’s Office, which ruled his death accidental.

As we reported … Christopher — who was homeless — died back in November when his lifeless body was discovered lying headfirst in the donation bin. Investigators believed he was attempting to gather clothes for himself.

Christopher entertained folks in Hollywood for over two decades by dressing up as Superman … he also starred in the documentary “Confessions of a Superhero,” and made multiple appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

He was 52.

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