• Retired surgeon found dead

    first_imgAlso in the Antelope Valley, homicide detectives were investigating a second death, that of a man found earlier Wednesday at an apartment building in downtown Palmdale. A 53-year-old man, whose name was not immediately released, was found just after 3 p.m. at an apartment building in the 900 block of East Avenue Q. Officials did not disclose how he died. “He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead,” sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Patterson said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Authorities released little information immediately about the slaying, which was reported at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday. Sheriff’s officials on Thursday morning kept news media at the end of the dirt lane leading to the ranch, which is surrounded by dry grassland off the road to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. Kadivar, who went by the first name Steve, had lived in the Antelope Valley for some 30 years and kept an office on 10th Street West until recently. Kadivar joined the Antelope Valley Hospital medical staff in 1976 and retired in 2003 to be a full-time rancher. Kadivar had owned the 160-acre ranch for at least 10 years. “He grew up on a farm in Iran and that’s what he loved,” said Manning, who knew Kadivar for 25 years. They would take care of each other’s patients while the other was off on vacation, Manning said. LANCASTER – A retired plastic surgeon was found shot to death at his ranch, where he had been gunned down while feeding his cattle, authorities said Thursday. Dr. Esfandiar Kadivar, 64, was found dead by a ranch worker Wednesday night on the ranch some 10 miles west of Lancaster where he raised cattle, alfalfa and pistachios – a reminder of his native Iran, where he grew up on a farm. “This is extraordinary,” longtime friend Dr. John Manning said of Kadivar’s slaying. “I know of nobody who would, quote, `have it in for him.”‘ last_img

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