Celebrity agent Roger Richman has died at the age of 69.

Richman passed away from complications from pneumonia on 9 October (13) in Los Angeles, according to his wife.

He was best known for working with the families of John Wayne and Fred Astaire to lobby lawmakers in Sacramento, California to help push through the California Celebrity Rights Act in 1985, paving the way for stars' heirs to licence the rights to images, the voice or name of their dead relatives for merchandise with the profits going to the estate.

Richman also founded the Roger Richman Agency in 1978, where he represented the families of Marilyn Monroe, Bela Lugosi and James Cagney before selling it in 2005.