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The last months of Tito Vértiz’s life were marked by the harsh realities of the pandemic, yet he remained until the end “a writer, painter, bon vivant, uncle and much-loved friend with a zest for life,” said one of those friends, Lucrecia Briceno, a theater lighting designer whom he had met at college in Florida.

Mr. Vértiz died on May 29 in Lima, Peru, of Covid-19, friends said. He was 80.

José Ernesto Vértiz was born on Dec. 12, 1939, in Lima. He had a job as a flight attendant and left Peru in the 1960s to attend college in the United States. He eventually acquired U.S. citizenship; friends said he was also an Italian citizen through his Italian mother.

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