In June 2011 it was reported that Sassoon had been diagnosed with leukaemia two years earlier, and was receiving treatment in Beverly Hills, California, and London.  He died on 9 May 2012 at his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles .  His death was originally reported to be a result of natural causes,  and later reported to have been a result of his leukemia.  He died in the presence of his family. Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Kevin Maiberger  said that when the police arrived at his residence at Mulholland Drive   he was already dead. A memorial service was planned for a later date.