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Hair dresser Vidal Sassoon CBE has died  at his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles, in the presence of his family.

Vidal Sassoon (17 January 1928 – 9 May 2012)

In June 2011 it was reported that Sassoon had been diagnosed with leukaemia two years earlier, and was receiving treatment in Beverly Hills and London, his death is said to be as a result of his Leukaemia.  A memorial service has been  planned for a later date.

His family issued a statement that read

“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 leukaemia 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 revolutionise 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”

  Neil Cornelius, the owner of Sassoon’s first solo venture, said that his death was the loss of a

“hairdressing legend. It is very, very sad because I grew up in the East End like Vidal and from the age of 11 I wanted to be a hairdresser like Vidal. I remember the first time I met him. I have washed the hair of Princess Diana, I have met Nelson Mandela, but meeting Vidal Sassoon topped all of those. I know it sounds crazy but I could not sleep on the night before i met him for the first time. He was a hairdressing legend.”

Twitter, and websites have been inundated with words of grief and respect for Vidal Sassoon, including from other hair stylists,   Lee Stafford said that

“Sassoon revolutionised the way everybody wears their hair today, he also made British hairdressing the best in the world, he was my hero.”

Tabatha Coffey wrote on Twitter

“my great day turned into a devastating day. RIP Vidal Sassoon thank you for all you have done for our industry and for me.”

John Barrett of the John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman said that Sassoon

 “was the creator of sensual hair. This was somebody who changed our industry entirely, not just from the point of view of cutting hair but actually turning it into a business.”

R.I.P Vidal Sassoon CBE