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Patty Hearst's Husband Bernard Shaw Dies at 68

Patty Hearst's Husband Bernard Shaw Dies at 68

Originally posted 12/18/2013 06:15PM

Patty Hearst's longtime husband Bernard Shaw died on Wednesday.

Bernard, who passed away as the vice president of corporate security for Hearst Corporation, succumbed to an extended cancer battle, a family member's representative confirms to PEOPLE. He was 68.

"He went peacefully at home with his wife of 34 years, sister Joan, and daughters Lydia Hearst and Gillian Hearst-Simonds, along with [her] husband Christian Simonds by his side," the rep says. "He was loved deeply by his family and adored by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting and knowing him. We kindly ask that you respect the privacy of the family during this time."

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