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Special effects master Ray Harryhausen dies at 92

Mr. Harryhausen posed with some of his prop creations in 2010 at the London Film Museum.
Mr. Harryhausen posed with some of his prop creations in 2010 at the London Film Museum.Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images

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LONDON — When Ray Harryhausen was 13, he was so overwhelmed by ‘‘King Kong’’ that he vowed he would create otherworldly creatures on film. He fulfilled his desire as an adult, thrilling audiences with skeletons in a sword fight, a gigantic octopus destroying the Golden Gate Bridge, and a six-armed dancing goddess.

On Tuesday, Mr. Harryhausen died at London’s Hammersmith Hospital, where he had been receiving treatment for about a week. He was 92.

Biographer and longtime friend Tony Dalton confirmed the special-effects titan’s death, saying it was too soon to tell the exact cause.

‘‘Ray did so much and influenced so many people,’’ Dalton said. He recalled his friend’s ‘‘wonderfully funny, brilliant sense of humor’’ and love of Laurel and Hardy, adding that ‘‘his creatures were extraordinary, and his imagination was boundless.’’

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