Anyone who lives in or has frequented Silver Lake had probably caught a glimpse of the eternally tanned and shirtless Abrams walking briskly through the neighborhood, head down while reading a folded newspaper. Images of Abrams can be be found in at least two neighborhood murals, including the one pictured above on Sunset Boulevard.
The body of the 58-year-old Abrams was found in a hot tub in the 2400 block of Moreno Drive, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters responded to an emergency call shortly before 6 PM and performed CPR on the man. But the victim was “beyond medical help and pronounced dead on scene,” according to spokesman Erik Scott on the department’s Twitter feed. No other details were immediately available.
Abrams, in a 2004 interview with the Silver Lake News, said he used sunscreen with SPF 50 and conceded that he once walked into an SUV. He described his route:
“I usually loop around the lake, and then go down West Silverlake to Rowena, and then Hyperion, and then Griffith Park Blvd. down Sunset, back down Silverlake to the reservoir, and then back and loop around the lake again. So it’s about 15 miles altogether.”
* This post had been updated with the identify of the victim.