KTLA’s Jessica Holmes pays tribute to Sam Rubin

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Loved ones are remembering the legacy left behind by Sam Rubin, KTLA’s iconic entertainment news reporter who died Friday at the age of 64.

Jessica Holmes, co-anchor of KTLA’s Morning News, spent most of her mornings working alongside Rubin, who she considered a dear friend.

“I love that man,” Holmes said tearfully. “We all did. My heart is beating out of my chest. He was a bright spot in my day, every day.”

Holmes and Rubin covered red carpet events together for all major awards ceremonies including the Oscars, the Emmys, the GRAMMY Awards and more.

Holmes said she’ll always remember how much Rubin loved entertainment and pop culture.

“For having done this job for 30 years, he is like a kid in the candy store when it comes to his job,” she said. “He loves what he does. He loves Hollywood. He loves the movies.”

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Rubin loved his friends and family and Holmes said he would always go out of his way to help those in need.

“If anyone said, ‘Sam I need you,’ he would’ve done anything he could at that moment to help you,” she said. “He wore his heart on his sleeve and was open, loving and a joy to be around. He was self-deprecating and he loved to joke. He had no ego. He had that way of making everybody feel comfortable around him.”

Rubin is survived by his wife, Leslie, and his four children.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.

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