Legendary hairstylist Vidal Sassoon dies

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Vidal Sassoon, the legendary hairstylist, died of “apparent natural causes” at his Los Angeles home Wednesday morning, a Los Angeles police spokesman said.

Police were called to Sassoon’s Bel Air home on Mulholland Drive at 10:30 a.m., spokesman Kevin Maiberger said.

“When officers arrived, there were family members at the residence,” Maiberger said.

Sassoon, a British native, spent several years as a young boy in a London orphanage after his father left and his mother could not afford to care for him.

Later, after his mother dreamed of her son being in a barber shop, she apprenticed him to a local barber.

He opened his first salon in 1954.

That began a career that saw him develop two classic hairstyles of the 1960s — the bob and the even shorter five-point cut — along with an eponymous hair care line, a range of hair care tools, and a chain of salons.

Various media reports say Sassoon battled leukemia before his death.  He was diagnosed with the disease in 2009.

The L.A. coroner planned to perform an autopsy to confirm the cause of his death.

Vidal Sassoon was 84.

(CNN contributed to this report.)