The "kustom" world is just learning the news that one of its most famous icons, the legendary paint Larry Watson, passed away early today at his son's house in Central California. Initial reports, which have yet to be fully verified, indicate that Watson was battling some form of cancer, which may have lead to his slipping into a fatal coma this morning. The entire staff of Rod & Custom is deeply saddened by the tragic news, and our hearts go out to all his family and friends. More details to follow as they become available.

Memorial services for Larry Watson have been scheduled for July 31st at Westminster Memorial Park in Westminster, California (14801 Beach Blvd., Midway City, California 92655; (714) 893-2421).