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Thomas Hoving Dead: Former Metropolitan Museum Of Art Director Dies

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NEW YORK — Former Metropolitan Art Museum director Thomas Hoving has died at his home in New York City.

Nancy Hoving says her husband died Thursday of cancer. He was 78.

He was director of the museum from 1967 to 1977 and was known for championing blockbuster exhibits.

Artifacts from King Tut's tomb were the most popular exhibit in the museum's history. They drew 8 million visitors.