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Nora Ephron Dies in New York City, Funeral Planned for Thursday

Here comes some sad news for fans of romantic comedies.

Screenwriter and movie director Nora Ephron passed away in New York City on Tuesday, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Ephron was 71-years-old and died from complications arising from leukemia.

She leaves behind a husband two sons from a previous marriage, Jacob and Max Bernstein.

Ephron is famous for many films, most notably in the romantic comedy genre. Her films are memorable for their strong female protagonists and for the witty lines. Some films to her credit include "When Harry Met Sally", "You've Got Mail" and her most recent film, "Julie and Julia".

There were reports of her death circulating even before Ephron was declared dead. Ephron had quite ill for some time, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Ephron knew the end was near and while we don't have any current information on her funeral arrangements or her estate plan, The New York Daily News reports that Ephron had planned for her impending death well in advance, right down to the script of her memorial service. Ephron's memorial service will be held on Thursday June 27 in New York.

Funeral arrangements and wishes on the disposition of remains can be specified through many estate planning documents, including a basic will. But wills aren't the ideal place to specify funeral wishes, since many wills aren't even located at the time of death. A good place to put one's funeral wishes is in a letter to the family members or the executor.

Of course, not everyone will specify their funeral wishes as eloquently and elaborately as Ephron has.

Said New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg: "Nora Ephron always loved a good New York story, and she could tell them like no one else."

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