Richard J. Durrell, the founding publisher of People magazine, died on Friday at his home in Fairfield, Conn. He was 82.
The cause was lung cancer, his son, Brad Durrell, said.
Mr. Durrell's long career at the magazine publishing giant Time Inc. began in 1950 when he answered a newspaper ad for a circulation newsstand representative in Minneapolis. He later worked in advertising for both Time and Life magazines before being named publisher of People.