High School English Teacher's Death Ruled Homicide

Harry Major was found dead under suspicious circumstances in his Hollywood apartment on Wednesday.

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    Harry Major

    The death of a retired Hollywood High School English teacher whose body was found in his apartment under suspicious circumstances was ruled a homicide, coroner's officials said.

    Harry Major, 82, was found dead under suspicious circumstances on Wednesday night in his apartment south of the famed Sunset Boulevard, police said.

    Mysterious Death of Former Hollywood Teacher

    [LA] Mysterious Death of Former Hollywood Teacher
    Homicide detectives are investigating the death of an 82-year-old former Hollywood High School teacher whose body was found in his apartment. Robert Kovacik reports from Hollywood for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (Published Friday, Feb. 14, 2014)

    Major taught in Tinseltown after Hollywood's "Golden Era."

    He was remembered as a legendary educator who was pivotal in helping shape the lives of celebrities and non-celebrities alike.

    "Mr. Majors (sic) (was) one of my favorite teachers," wrote Twitter user Wendy Shear. "RIP Harry."

    Twitter user @MRBIGGEAR wrote that Major was a beloved member of the Hollywood High School community.

    "Majors was legendary at Hollywood High," he wrote. "A tragic loss."

    Few details were known about the death.

    Los Angeles County Coroner's officials did not say how he was killed.

    LAPD detectives were asking for the public’s help in providing information on the killing.

    Major taught English at Hollywood for nearly 30 years. He retired in the mid-1980s, apparently disillusioned by the influx of immigrants and second-language learners in Hollywood, he told People in an article published in 1982.

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