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Preliminary Tests: Harry Morton Died From Undiagnosed Heart Disease

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Harry Morton died from undiagnosed heart disease, preliminary tests show

LOS ANGELES (Page Six) — Harry Morton’s grief-stricken family has spoken of their loss following his death, with preliminary tests indicating that he died of undiagnosed heart disease.

The 38-year-old founder of the Pink Taco eateries and son of Hard Rock Cafe co-founder, Peter Morton, passed away on Saturday and was found by his devastated brother, Matthew.

In a statement, the Morton family told Page Six: “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved son, brother and friend. Harry was […]

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Memorial Services Held for WeHo Detective Amber Leist

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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.  

FULL MEMORIAL SERVICE VIDEO

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.”

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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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