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Former newspaper editor killed in Spain road accident

A renowned British media executive and his wife have been killed in a road accident in Spain.

Brian Hitchen, 77, and his wife Nelli Hitchen were struck by a car yesterday while crossing a road in Altea, on the country's east coast.

Mrs Hitchen died at the scene, while Mr Hitchen was taken to hospital but later died from his injuries.

Mr Hitchen was editor of the Daily Star from 1987 to 1994 and sister publication the Sunday Express in 1995.

He had also spent time working at the Daily Mirror and the National Enquirer in the United States.

A spokeswoman for Northern & Shell, the Daily Express and Daily Star's parent company, confirmed the deaths.