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Famed attorney Hookstratten dies

by BETH HARRIS Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - Ed Hookstratten, an attorney who represented a galaxy of entertainment and sports stars including Johnny Carson and Vin Scully during a career of more than 50 years, has died at 83.

He passed away Wednesday of complications from congestive heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills, his son Jon Hookstratten said Thursday.

Hookstratten was a powerful and iconic force in sports, entertainment and broadcast news while representing Carson, Elvis Presley, Dan Rowan and Dick Martin of "Laugh-In" fame.

His news clients included Tom Brokaw, Bryant Gumbel, Jessica Savitch, and Tom Snyder.

"The Hook was a one-man force in the agency business, the last of the great and effective lone operators who knew everyone on both sides of the table," Brokaw said in a statement. "I remember the first time I hired him. I was up for a big job at NBC, and when I told the executive in charge Ed would represent me, he clutched his heart and said, 'Oh, god, the Hook!' I knew then I was in good hands."

Among his sportscaster clients were Scully, Dick Enberg, Merlin Olsen, Dick Stockton, Don Meredith, current Miami Heat President Pat Riley, and Marcus Allen.

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