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Longtime, Prolific L.A. City Hall Reporter Rick Orlov Dies at 66

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Rick Orlov, a veteran reporter who covered City Hall for the Los Angeles Daily News for nearly 30 years, has died. He was 66.

Orlov died Monday of complications from diabetes, according to his sister, Joanne Levy.

She said Orlov, who had been on dialysis for years, suffered a fall a few weeks ago and had been hospitalized. A prolific writer, Orlov was working up to the very end, filing several stories last week.

“Rick was a rare human being whose strength of character defined him in a way that engendered deep respect from anyone who knew him,” Michael A. Anastasi, vice president of news of the Los Angeles News Group and executive editor of the Daily News, said in a statement. “He cared about his craft, he cared about his colleagues, and he cared about his city. He was as passionate about journalism as anyone I’ve ever met and he always knew it wasn’t about him — it was always, always about the reader.”

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