In September, 2007, Amber Leist took a solemn oath of office to faithfully discharge her duties as a freshly-graduated peace officer. She came from a family that is dedicated to serving others.
In the late morning of Sunday, June 12, 2020, Amber was sitting in her vehicle, stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Whitsett Avenue. She saw an elderly pedestrian fall in the crosswalk in front of her vehicle, and immediately got out to assist her. Amber assisted the pedestrian safely across the crosswalk to the other side of the street. As she made her way back to her car, Amber was struck by a vehicle.
The driver stayed on the scene to get help, but the 12 year veteran of the department, Leist, 41, was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Although she was transported to a local hospital where staff worked vigorously to keep her with us, she unfortunately succumbed to her injuries later on that evening.
On Saturday January 25th 2020, her friends, coworkers and family came together to honor the memories they shared of Amber inside Mosaic Church in Hollywood. Services were closed to the public, but were live streamed on the LASD Facebook page.
During the service, people shared their personal encounters, and friendships with Amber that will live on. Sheriff Alex Villanueva said, “Amber’s commitment to service is a reflection of what the men and women of the Sheriff’s department do every day.”
Her partner Deputy Yensenia Olvera said, “Amber’s energy was so magnetic.”
“Our hearts are broken,” Amber’s father, Daniel Leist, told LA Times’ reporters at a vigil earlier this month. `”This is the most heart-rending thing you could ever experience. You never think you’re going to lose your baby. But Amber came into this department and she knew what she had to do.”
Ebony Jackson, another friend and long time colleague at the West Hollywood Station said, “I hit the jackpot with her.”
Amber is survived by her two sons and parents. “She was just a hero,” her 17-year-old son, Daniel Laney, in an interview with KTLA. “She was always caring. She would always come home and talk about the victims, and how she felt so sorry for them. I’d listen.”
Marnie the Dog, Famous Instagram Tongue-Out Pup, Dies at 18
(TMZ) — Marnie the Dog — the Internet-famous pooch who was known for her tongue-out expression — has died.
The Shih Tzu’s owner, Shirley Braha, announced the tragic news on Instagram, writing … “It is with much grief I share the news that Marnie passed away painlessly and peacefully in my home at the age of 18.”
She continued, “Her comfort had been notably declining over the past few days with little hope for improvement and she let me know she had had enough. She enjoyed her chicken until the very end.” Braha goes on to thank everyone for embracing Marnie, explaining how her dog put her on the journey of a lifetime and how grateful she was for the love.
Braha ends her tribute post with a bit of info, and somewhat of a forewarning too … saying Marnie will be buried at a pet cemetery in L.A., adding there’ll hopefully be a public memorial for her whenever it’s safe to hold one, in light of the coronavirus and all.
Marnie was adopted from an animal shelter in 2012 at the ripe age of 11 years old. Soon after, she went on to achieve viral fame because of her freakishly long (but super cute) tongue, which inexplicably hung out of her mouth at almost all times.
Marnie has posed with countless celebs over the years, including Jonah Hill, Tina Fey, Demi Lovato, James Franco, Betty White, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Larry King, Aaron Paul, Usher, Selena Gomez, Lena Dunham, Riff Raff, Jason Schwartzman and more.
She once shot down an invitation to the “World Dog Awards” because, apparently, Marnie and co. felt she was too big for it. She might’ve been right — Marnie got her own book deal at one point.
The doggo was 18 years old.
Pop Smoke Will Be Laid to Rest in Brooklyn
LOS ANGELES (TMZ) — Doctors tried to save Pop Smoke‘s life by opening his chest after he was rushed to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.
Pop Smoke’s death certificate, obtained by TMZ, says doctors performed a thoracotomy on the left side of his chest — meaning they opened his chest, most likely attempting to remove bullets.
As we first reported, he was hit multiple times when masked assailants broke into the Hollywood Hills home where he was staying.
Pop Smoke’s cause of death was a gunshot wound to the torso, according to the document. It says the time between the shooting and his death was “rapid.”
The rapper — born Bashar Barakah Jackson — died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at 5:12 AM.
The document also reveals his body was transported back to his native Brooklyn. Pop Smoke’s family held a private ceremony last weekend for close friends and family.
His final burial is now scheduled for later this week. Pop Smoke was 20.
Pink Taco Founder Harry Morton Died of Natural Causes per Coroner
BEVERLY HILLS (Patch) — The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has announced that Harry Morton, founder of the Pink Taco restaurant chain and former owner of the Viper Room nightclub in West Hollywood, died of “probable cardiac arrhythmia,” and the manner of death was listed as “natural.”
Morton, 38, was found dead in his residence in the 500 block of Haynes Avenue in Beverly Hills about 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 23.
A secondary cause of death was listed by the coroner’s office as “myocardial bridging with coronary artery atherosclerosis.”
Morton’s father Peter co-founded the […]
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