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Fashion designer Jonas Bevacqua, 33, found dead in Laguna Beach home

Jonas Bevacqua.This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

An autopsy was scheduled Wednesday for the co-founder of an Orange County-based clothing company found dead in his Laguna Beach home, authorities said.

Jonas Bevacqua, 33, helped found LRG, or Lifted Research Group, in 1999 with Chief Executive Robert Wright. Bevacqua also was the Irvine company's creative director.

“Jonas was a mentor to an astonishing group of creative individuals at LRG who will carry his vision for many years to come,” wrote Wright and Chief Financial Officer Charlie Moothart on the company’s website.

In an interview published earlier this month by the fashion website Hypebeast, Bevacqua said the company sought to bridge the gap between what he viewed as the segregated worlds of music, art, skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding.

Bevacqua is survived by his fiancé, a son, seven siblings and his mother and father, according to the company’s website.

The cause of death was under investigation, according to the Orange County coroner’s office. It was unclear if any foul play was involved. A spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department was not immediately available for comment.

For the record, 9:45 a.m.: A previous version of this post stated that Bevacqua was 34 years old.

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-- Paloma Esquivel

Photo: Jonas Bevacqua. Credit: KTLA-TV (Channel 5)

 
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