Paul Rosenfield, who covered Hollywood for the Los Angeles Times for more than 20 years, has died. He was 44.

A coroner’s spokesman said the cause of death was suicide.

Rosenfield died May 27 at his apartment in the city’s Brentwood section.

Rosenfield started his career in 1969 as an assistant to Times gossip columnist Joyce Haber, and went on to become a leading profiler of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

In his 1992 book, “The Club Rules: Power, Money, Sex and Fear — How It Works in Hollywood,” he said that he was such a fan of Tinseltown that he had offered to work for Haber for free.

“Had I any money at all,” he wrote, “I would have paid her. The job was the best gift I ever got.”

Irv Letofsky, who for years was Rosenfield’s editor at The Times, called the journalist “gifted and anguished.”

In 1989, Rosenfield left The Times to work for Vanity Fair magazine under then-editor Tina Brown. At the time of his death, he was working on a biography of Katharine Hepburn.

He is survived by his parents and a brother.

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