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M. Wittenberg, 43; husband to Bernadette Peters

NEW YORK -- Michael Wittenberg, husband of Broadway musical-theater star Bernadette Peters, died Monday in a helicopter crash in Montenegro. He was 43.

Mr. Wittenberg, an investment adviser for Wachovia Securities, was on a business trip, Judy Katz, a spokeswoman for Peters, said Tuesday.

Three other people were killed in the crash, which occurred when the aircraft struck a high-voltage cable, police in Podgorica, Montenegro, said.

Mr. Wittenberg married the Tony Award-winning actress in July 1996. They wed at the home of Mary Tyler Moore, a longtime friend of Peters.

Peters most recently appeared on Broadway in the 2003 revival of ''Gypsy." Her other Broadway shows include ''Sunday in the Park With George" and ''Into the Woods." She won Tonys for her performances in ''Song & Dance" and the 1999 revival of ''Annie Get Your Gun."

''While she was on Broadway, he was sitting in the front row almost every evening," Scott Lanham, a senior managing director at Wachovia Securities, told Bloomberg News. Lanham hired Mr. Wittenberg from Smith Barney about three years ago. ''I held Mike in very high esteem. He was in the top couple of percent in the industry for what he did and how he did it."

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