Oscar-Nominated Italian Director Franco Zeffirelli Dies at 96

Oscar-Nominated Italian Director Franco Zeffirelli Dies at 96
Famed film, opera and theater director Franco Zeffirelli has died at the age of 96.

The director died on Saturday “at the end of a long illness,” according to a translated press release written by the Franco Zeffirelli Foundation.

A spokesman for the foundation told CNN that the director died in Rome about two weeks after contracting pneumonia.

“He had suffered for a while, but he left in a peaceful way,“ Zeffirelli’s son Luciano told CBS News about his father dying peacefully at home.

Following news of his death, many of the opera houses where he had worked over the years,
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