His daughter sent word via email to those on Gary's email list:
My name is Daryle Esswein. I am the daughter of Gary Franklin.
I figure that the recipients on this list might want to know that my father passed away today. I'm guessing that most of you are friends.
I'm sorry to notify you by e-mail.
Responding to the the email list came this comment from L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine:
Gary Franklin, KFWB Car 98 was a legend in Los Angeles radio. I met Gary when I was a Sgt. with the Los Angeles Police Department. Gary was a reporter who knew how to cover news stories and get to the point. I assisted Gary with many stories and always enjoyed listening to him on the radio.
I have kept in touch with Gary over the years and am so sorry to hear of his death. Like Gary would say.......Car 98 Out......May Gary Franklin Rest in Peace.
I will be adjourning the Los Angeles City Council meeting in memory of Gary Franklin....
Dennis P. Zine
Los Angeles City Councilman
Gary was a great friend to have and everything he did with his life, from his extraordinary photographs from the war in Korea, to Hollywood celebrities, his writing and reporting for news radio and television, to his work as L.A.'s most significant and intellectual film and cultural critic of all time, still doesn't fully convey what a great man he was.
Condolences to his friends and family....