Famed hair stylist Vidal Sassoon has passed away at the age of 84 on Wednesday at his Los Angeles Bel Air home.
Originally, the death was reported to be of natural causes, which was later changed to be due to complications from his leukemia which he had been diagnosed with, in 2009.
His family that had been at his bedside at the time of his death later issued a statement.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Vidal Sassoon CBE, who died this morning at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by loved ones. The 84-year-old hairdresser was born in 1928 and sadly lost his battle with leukemia today. He became the most celebrated hairdresser in the world having begun his career as an apprentice during the Second World War, going on to revolutionize an industry through his iconic haircuts, salons, schools and product lines. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 20 years Ronnie, his children, grandchildren, family and friends.”
The English born hair care specialist was called a “craftsman who ‘changed the world with a pair of scissors.'” Aside from having a successful hair care line he had several hair salon franchises that were eventually sold to Regis Corporation.
Sassoon had been married 4 times, Ronnie being the last, and had four children with his second wife, his oldest daughter died of a drug overdose in 2002.