NEW YORK -- Jim Lorelli, a freelance photographer whose pictures appeared frequently in many of the Fairchild publications, including WWD, collapsed and died suddenly Tuesday morning at his home here. He was 60.

The cause of death was not immediately determined, although Lorelli had been seeing a doctor in recent weeks.

Easy-going and affable, Lorelli turned to photography after a career as a professional drummer. He was employed not only by numerous publications, but by corporations and trade associations, especially in the home furnishings field.

He could cover parties and store openings with the same kind of professionalism he displayed when taking pictures of the blizzards that raged in New York last winter. Reporters especially enjoyed working with him because, as one of them put it, "He never gave you any attitude."

Born in Brooklyn, Lorelli became a drummer and played numerous dates in the Catskill Mountains resort area. For a time, he was a member of the Tito Puente orchestra.

A couple of years ago, he was covering the Puerto Rican Day parade in New York when Puente came by on a float. Spotting Lorelli in the crowd, Puente called out to him and said, "Hey Jim, you want to sit in tonight?"

"I can't," Lorelli said. "Got to work."

His most recent photos for WWD were pictures of a party for the debut of the new "Today" show studio in Rockefeller Center. They were published on Monday.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Pat; his parents, Josephine and Joseph Lorelli, and a brother, Joseph.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's of Yorkville, 404 East 87th St. here.

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