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Entertainment lawyer Donald S. Engel dead at 84

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Feb 03, 2014 | 9:09am EST

Entertainment lawyer Donald S. Engel has died at the age of 84. Engel passed away on 15 January (14) in Redwood City, California from complications of leukaemia, according to the New York Times. He began his career in the 1960s after serving time in the U.S. Army and graduating from New York University Law School. Throughout his career, Engel represented some of the biggest names in Hollywood and music. He famously helped Olivia Newton-John score a legal battle in the 1970s against bosses at MCA Records, who had sued her over contract issues. In 2001, he represented the Dixie Chicks in a lawsuit against executives at Sony over royalty payments. His other famous clients included Donna Summer, Robert Wagner, Frank Sinatra, Cher and Farrah Fawcett.

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