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Elton John World News: An Attorney Who Represented Showbiz Elite Has Died

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Tuesday 3 May 2011 @ 16:33 - GMT

The Daily News has reported on the passing of an entertainment lawyer.

Leonard Marks died Saturday in his New York City home after suffering from the advanced stages of dementia. He was 69, and his clients included Elton, Billy Joel, the Beatles and Eddie Murphy.

He was founding partner of the law firm Gold, Farrell & Marks from 1972 to 2001.

A philanthropist with a focus on interfaith education and cross-cultural conflict resolution, he was an active member of the Temple of Understanding.

"I am very focused on ethnic, racial and religious intergroup relations in this country, and I wanted to do something to foster deep studies about the changes going on in our communities and on conflict resolution," he said.  Marks' wish was to "protect our children and our planet for future generations."

The funeral for the former federal prosecutor, who had two daughters, is today. However, a memorial service will be held in late June.

Donations in memory of Leonard can be made to the Temple of Understanding or the Weill Cornell Department of Neurology.