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Joe Barber, entertainment critic, has died

Joe Barber, who parlayed an omnivorous appetite for movies and the Washington arts scene into a long career as an entertainment critic for local broadcasting and print outlets, was found dead Monday at his home in the District. He was 53.

Determination of the cause of death is pending further tests, said Beverly Fields, spokeswoman for the D.C. medical examiner’s office. Barber had diabetes and was in failing health, said Jim Farley, vice president of news and programming at WTOP radio, where Barber served as entertainment editor since 1997.

Barber had also been a panelist on WETA TV’s arts review program “Around Town.”

Adam Bernstein has spent his career putting the "post" in Washington Post, first as an obituary writer and then as editor. The American Society of Newspaper Editors recognized Bernstein’s ability to exhume “the small details and anecdotes that get at the essence of the person” and to write stories that are “complex yet stylish.”

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