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Edward James Olmos pays tribute to Dr. Frank Ryan

August 19, 2010 |  1:38 pm

Actor Edward James Olmos, who had worked with Dr. Frank Ryan on the cosmetic surgeon's program to provide free removal of gang tattoos, left a voice mail Wednesday apologizing for being tied up on a movie set when Ryan's obituary was being reported. Olmos then left the following tribute to Ryan, 50, who died Monday in a single-car crash on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu:

It is very sad. He was an incredible human being who gave so much to everyone. He was a very gifted doctor and did some extraordinary work on so many children and people.... All ages would come in and he would help them. He organized and structured [the tattoo removal program] so people could get that done. He has helped so many people. Thank you for taking the time to pay homage to him.

-- Valerie Nelson