PARIS — Gérald Nanty, the owner of the Mathis Bar and a key figure of Paris nightlife for almost a half century, died of heart failure Sunday. He was 72.

Nanty counted as friends luminaries such as Yves Saint Laurent, Françoise Sagan, Valentino, Marie-Laure de Noailles and Jacques Grange. In more recent years, his restaurant and fashionable drinking hole attracted the likes of Kate Moss, Sofia Coppola and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

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His death was confirmed by a spokeswoman for French publishing house Editions Grasset. Nanty was the subject of a book, “Bel de nuit, Gérald Nanty” by author and film critic Elizabeth Quin, published by Grasset in 2007.

Nanty’s funeral will be today at the Saint-Roch church on Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris.

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