- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The owner of a South Los Angeles limousine company who every Thanksgiving gave away thousands of turkeys to needy families has died.

Family members tell City News Service that Ellsworth Jackson, known as EJ, died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack.

For decades he owned Jackson Limousine Service, which was known for driving stars of movies and music.

In 1982 Jackson bought 100 turkeys for senior citizens who couldn’t afford holiday meals. He created the EJ Jackson Foundation and the next year gave away 200 birds. The year after that he bought 500.

Soon the celebrities his company chauffeured started showing up to help hand out the turkeys as part of a community event.

Last year, more than 12,000 were given away.

There’s no immediate word whether this year’s giveaway would go on as scheduled.

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