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Hair icon Vidal Sassoon dies in Los Angeles at age 84

Vidal Sassoon at a special screening of "Vidal Sassoon: The Movie,” in New York in 2011. Sassoon, whose 1960s wash-and-wear cuts freed women from endless teasing and hairspray, died Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at his home. He was 84.
Vidal Sassoon at a special screening of "Vidal Sassoon: The Movie,” in New York in 2011. Sassoon, whose 1960s wash-and-wear cuts freed women from endless teasing and hairspray, died Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at his home. He was 84. Dave Allocca/AP

Vidal Sassoon, the famed beauty icon responsible for international beauty trends, layered, geometric styles, and Hollywood hairdos like Mia Farrow's "Rosemary Baby," cut, has died at age 84.

Sassoon's "If you don’t look good, we don’t look good," low-maintenence hair philosophy originated as a response to the complicated styles of the 1950s, and by the 1980s his name was attached to a salon chain and a variety of products.

LAPD officials told NBC LA that officers responded to a report of a death at his Mulholland Drive residence at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Sassoon was reported to have died of natural causes and it was not immediately clear whether the coroner was at the scene.

The London-born Sassoon was married four times, and shared four children with his second wife.

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