Edward James Olmos pays tribute to Dr. Frank Ryan
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