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Restaurateur Peter Langan Dies

December 8, 1988 GMT

LONDON (AP) _ Flamboyant restaurateur Peter Langan, unconscious since being burned in a fire at his home in October, died Wednesday night, St. Andrews Hospital at Billericay said. He was 47.

Irish-born Langan, whose Langan’s Brasserie in London’s West End was a favorite with show business personalities, co-owned the restaurant with actor Michael Caine and chef Richard Shepherd. He also owned a restaurant in Los Angeles.

Langan was burned when a fire broke out at 4 a.m. on Oct. 21 at his home at Alphamstone, 50 miles northeast of London, after what police called a serious domestic incident with his wife, Susan, 46.

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News reports at the time said Mrs. Langan, who broke her ankle jumping from a balcony, had told Langan she wanted to leave him.

Shepherd said at the time that an oil heater in a bedroom accidentally started the blaze. But the British domestic news agency Press Association said Wednesday that police believe Langan may have started the fire deliberately after an argument with Mrs. Langan.

Langan, a former self-confessed hardened drinker, was remembered at Langan’s Brasserie for stunts such as crawling across the floor and biting customers’ ankles and putting out a fire in the kitchen with vintage champagne.

″He was a great character and will be sadly missed,″ said Peter Malva, the manager of the business.