Legendary Hairstylist Vidal Sassoon Dead At 84

Vidal Sassoon, the celebrated English hairdresser who popularized simple wash-and-wear cuts—and was responsible for the wedge bob, Mia Farrow’s pixie cut in Rosemary’s Baby and other famous hairdos—died yesterday at his home in Bel Air after a two-year struggle with cancer. He was 84.

Vidal’s family released the following 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.

Other celebrity stylists have commented on Sassoon’s passing: Oscar Blandi credited him as “definitely the most innovative person ever to enter the industry. He led the way for the celebrity stylists of today” and Bravo’s Tabatha Coffey tweeted “my great day turned into a devastating day. RIP Vidal Sassoon thank you for all you have done for our industry and for me.”

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