Death:Johnnie Cochran died at age 67 on March 29, 2005 at 12:30 p.m. at his home in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles from an inoperable brain tumor. Johnnie had been diagnosed with the inoperable brain tumor in December, 2003.
Johnnie and Barbara Jean Berry met at college and were married in 1959. They divorced in 1977 when Barbara accused Johnnie of abuse and infidelity.
Johnnie and Barbara had two daughters:
Tiffany Cochran Edwards, married to Javarro Michael Edwards in September, 2004. Tiffany is a news anchor/reporter. Her husband Javarro is a pharmaceutical sales representative.
Tiffany and Javarro's Wedding
While married to Barbara, Johnnie Cochran had a long term relationship with Patricia Sikora. They bought a home together in North Hollywood in 1974. A palimony case against Johnnie was settled privately in 2004.
Johnnie and Patricia had one son, Jonathan Eric Cochran. Jonathan is a California Highway Patrol Officer.
Johnnie met his second wife, Dr. Sylvia Dale Mason, at a conference when he was an airport commissioner. She was an executive for an Atlanta-based concessionaire.
Thirteen years his junior, Dale and Johnnie married in 1985 at the Bel-Air Hotel. Dale was at Johnnie's bedside when he died.
Johnnie, Baptist. He was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California for over 50 years.
Quotes about Marriage and Family Life:
Johnnie in an interview in "Essence": "I did a lot of stupid things. I paid a price with my eldest daughter and with my [first] marriage. I would like young lawyers not to make the mistakes I made."