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The night before his death, they had visited Soho, where Loughlin posed for photos next to work by his favorite artist, Man Ray, in a dealer’s home. They also visited Moss, who Loughlin had always emulated and who Carlson called “the Mount Everest of design.”

Moss said he wanted one of Loughlin’s paintings. So Loughlin found a white glazed vase from Moss‘ collection and brought it home to sketch “the brute” onto it in felt-tip pen.

Loughlin will be cremated and the vase will become his urn, Carlson said.

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AP writer Samantha Henry contributed to this report from Newark, N.J. Karen Zraick can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/karenzraick.