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The former New York Observer editor who hired a then-unknown Candace Bushnell to write a column called “Sex and the City” has died. Peter Kaplan was 59.

Kaplan’s wife, Lisa Chase, says he died Friday of cancer in New York City.

Kaplan edited the weekly Observer from 1994 to 2009.

He was credited with honing the paper’s snarky tone and with hiring writers who became influential voices of their era.

Bushnell’s column about love and dating inspired the hit HBO series “Sex and the City” starring Sarah Jessica Parker.

More recently, Kaplan served as editorial director of Fairchild Fashion Media, a division of Conde Nast Publications.

In addition to his wife, Kaplan is survived by their son, David; three children from his first marriage to Audrey Walker; and two brothers.

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