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David Colker

David Colker previously wrote and edited obituaries – a beat perhaps foreshadowed by being on the Timothy Leary death watch in 1996 when he took the assignment so seriously he was at Leary’s bedside when he died. He left The Times in 2015.
Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, acclaimed in film, theater and opera, dies at 96

Zeffirelli is most widely known for his films, including the 1968 critical and box office hit “Romeo and Juliet” and a 1990 “Hamlet” with Mel Gibson.

Comic-book legend Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man and Marvel heroes, dies at 95

Stan Lee, who helped create Spider-Man and other comic book superheroes that transformed the industry and raked in billions at movie box offices, has died at 95.

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