“He died over a sewing machine,” owner of Koos & Company tells TheWrap
Longtime industry veteran died at his home in Beverly Hills after battling a “lengthy illness”
Has feminism refound its voice? A Twitter avalanche descended on the New York Times for sexism in an obituary, and the Times backed down
Actress and comedian also appeared in "House Party" films, "Friday," and on "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam"
Beloved author's books also included "Dandelion Wine," "Something Wicked This Way Comes"
Dick Clark dead of heart attack; had suffered a stroke in 2004
The award-winning director, 76, was hit by a motorcycle
Graves died at 83 in his Pacific Palisades, Calif., home