Zulrizal, “Rizal”, “Riz” Azhari Putih

Date of Birth

March 17, 1988

Date of Death

March 20, 2020

Zulrizal, “Rizal”, “Riz” Azhari Putih – a deeply beloved son, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend – unexpectedly passed in his apartment in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, March 20, 2020. He died 3 days after his 32nd birthday.

He was born in Jakarta, Indonesia but brought to Los Angeles as a baby, where he spent most of his childhood. He lived the majority of his teenage and adult life in Santa Barbara, CA with his father – where he built many long-lasting and loving relationships. He graduated a proud Don and attended the local city college, where he received several AA degrees before eventually overcoming overwhelming odds to find success and stability at Wells Fargo Advisors in Los Angeles. He resided there the last several years of his life.

“Riz was the one who never said ‘no’”, says those closest to him. He was someone who never seemed to run out of things to give. The things that mattered. Energy, time, support, love, encouragement. He gave everything free of judgment and full of genuine spirit. Many friends considered and loved him like family.

Rizal loved to be around friends and they, in turn, loved to be around him. He could always be counted on to be a source of joy and light no matter the situation. He never lost his childlike wonder and imagination.

He was someone who never had it easy. Someone who always had another hill to climb. And instead of becoming deterred he became determined. Hungrier. More motivated to be successful despite it all. And just before tragedy hit, he made it all happen. “He died winning”, says his closest and most trusted friend, Buddy Lantz.

He is survived by his father, Zubir Putih; his mother, Linda Rachmat; his grandmother, Sri Bulan; several aunts and uncles; many of his dearest friends who considered him family; and a widespread community of close friends.

A Viewing will be held at and arranged by McDermott-Crockett & Associates Mortuary on Saturday, April 4th 2020. All are welcome, but due to COVID-19 restrictions we ask that those who would like to attend RSVP by registering for a time slot at:

If you would like to assist with final expenses, please visit the GoFundMe page at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/zulrizal-putih-funeral


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