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Johnny Grant, Honorary Mayor of Hollywood, Dies

Johnny Grant, the honorary mayor of Hollywood, has died in Hollywood at the age of 84.

Spokeswoman for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Ana Martinez-Holler, said, "I had lunch with him today ... we had omelets together and he said he wasn't feeling good. I saw him walk away after lunch, and that was the last time I saw him."

Grant, who was born in 1923, was a radio personality and television producer. He was also the only person to receive the Order of California, California's highest honor, twice.

"He was the bridge between Hollywood's golden past and what's happening today," Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President Leron Gubler told the crowd gathered to place flowers around Grant's star in front of the Kodak Theatre, a symbol of the community's revitalization. "Johnny was perhaps the greatest cheerleader Hollywood ever had, even in its darkest days."


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