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Peter Kaplan, the giant editor of the tiny but influential New York Observer, is dead at 59. His brother James told the New York Times that Kaplan had succumbed to cancer. Kaplan was a force in New York editing circles, and in the 1990s turned the Observer into a smart, must-read for all insiders in media and Manhattanites of a literary bent. Under his pen, the Observer was a precursor to what Gawker became in the age of the Internet, taking on celebrities, the moneyed class and media figures with wit and sharp reporting. See photos: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2013 What the. »

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