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Philip French, veteran UK film critic, dies aged 82

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Philip French, the long-time film critic for the Guardian's Sunday edition, the Observer, has died at 82.


   The Guardian says on its website that French suffered a heart attack on Tuesday following years of ill health. It quotes Observer editor John Mulholland as saying French was a "giant figure" in the paper's history and "part of its soul for the past 50 years."


   French was born in Liverpool in August 1933. His early career was spent as a producer for the BBC, and he worked as a reporter and a theater critic before joining the Observer full-time in 1978.


   French was awarded an Order of the British Empire in 2013 for his services to film.

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