Brian Hitchen, a former editor of the Daily Star and Sunday Express, has died along with his wife after they were hit by a car in Spain.
The couple were crossing a road in the resort of Altea, near Benidorm, Alicante, when the incident happened on Sunday night, a family member said.
Nelli Hitchen died at the scene, while Mr Hitchen was taken to hospital but died from his injuries after surgery and being placed in a medically induced coma.
Mr Hitchen led the Daily Star from 1987 to 1994, before moving to edit its sister publication, the Sunday Express and later setting up his own media company. A spokeswoman for the Star's owner, Northern & Shell, said he was "in a very grave condition and doctors were not able to save him".