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Dave Karger
July 03, 2010 AT 07:21 PM EDT



Ed Limato, one of the most powerful and successful Hollywood agents of a generation, died today of natural causes at age 73 at his home in Beverly Hills, has confirmed. Limato, most recently a senior agent at William Morris Endeavor, helped guide the careers of such heavyweights as Denzel Washington, Richard Gere, Liam Neeson, Mel Gibson, Steve Martin, and Claire Danes. He also became known for throwing a huge A-list bash at his home during Academy Awards weekend. “I became friends with Ed because of his Oscar party,” Elton John, one of his closest friends, tells “He hardly ever traveled outside of America, but he used to come every summer to stay with us in France. He was the gentleman agent and the last of a dying breed. He was such a wonderful man. I don’t think we’ll see the likes of him again.” Limato had been battling lung problems for the last several years.

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