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Notable deaths in 2005

December 31, 2005

Cora Beaureugard

Cora Beauregard's long life ended on Jan. 13 in the Burbank home the 86-year-old shared with her son, who has been charged with her murder.

Responding to 911 calls about a stabbing, police went to the home in the 2100 block of Rose Street, where Cora Beauregard had lived for 40 years. They found Cora Beaureugard stabbed to death.

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Michael Beauregard, who was unemployed and living with his mother at the time, will, through his lawyer, enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity as well as not guilty when he is arraigned on Thursday, his attorney said.

Rose Street residents were shocked by the news, adding that the only real noise on the street comes from airplanes taking off from the nearby Bob Hope Airport.

They lamented the death of a woman who they recalled as a sweet woman who would always say hello and wave when she was outside.

Johnny Carson

He was known as the King of Late Night, and as Johnny Carson taped the "Tonight Show," he helped bring Burbank into homes all over the country.

Carson, who for 20 years taped the "Tonight Show" from the NBC Studios in Burbank, died Jan. 23 at age 79.

Originally a joke writer, he took the helm of "The Tonight Show" in 1962, when it was broadcast from New York City. In 1972, the show moved to Burbank, where it aired from NBC Studios at Alameda and Olive avenues.

Carson's good-natured ribbing about "Beautiful Downtown Burbank" helped the city re-brand itself as an entertainment and media capital after its years as an aerospace industry hub.

In 1992, when Carson stepped down as Tonight Show host, the city renamed a park next to the studios in his honor.

Gerald Briggs

Gerald Briggs' financial expertise made him a force on the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, where he served as chairman of the authority's finance committee.

Gerald Briggs, who served on the Burbank-Glendale- Pasadena Airport Authority for seven years, died on Jan. 29. He was 66.

A Glendale resident, Briggs also served on that city's Planning Commission and was involved for nearly a quarter-century with the Chevy Chase Estates Assn.

His expertise from being an independent financial investor suited Briggs in his position as chairman of the airport authority's finance committee.

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