Founder Rabbi Phillip Berg of the Kabbalah Center in Los Angeles passed away in a Beverly Hills hospital, Monday morning. The Los Angeles Times reports that the center gave his age as 86 but public records showed him to be 84. He had been in ill health since suffering a stroke in 2004. The Las Vegas Guardian Express said the Rabbi will be laid to rest in Tzfat.
In recent years, Rabbi Berg was famous for drawing celebrity followers to kabbalah, including actors Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, singer Britney Spears and singer-actress Madonna.