02/02/1998 AT 12:00 AM EST

Paul Novak, 76, known to the public as one of sex siren Mae West's beefy bodyguards (but who was in fact her lover for 26 years), Thursday, in Los Angeles, from advanced prostate cancer. (West died in 1980 at age 87.) . . . Stan Durwood, 78, movie theater entrepreneur, Wednesday, in Kansas City, of esophageal cancer. He is credited with having invented the multiplex.

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