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Dan Farrell dies; photographer of iconic JFK Jr. image was 84

Former New York Daily News photographer Dan Farrell,

Former New York Daily News photographer Dan Farrell, of Oceanside, has died. In this file photo, Farrell holds the photo he shot of the famous salute of John Kennedy Jr. during the funeral of JFK in November 1963. Credit: John Roca

Dan Farrell, the New York Daily News photographer who snapped the iconic photo of 3-year-old John F. Kennedy Jr. saluting his father's coffin in 1963, died Monday morning at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre.

Farrell, who was 84 and lived in Oceanside, was hospitalized Friday after contracting pneumonia, his daughter Lynn Farrell of Freeport said.

Farrell was hired by the Daily News in 1955 and retired more than 40 years later.

He photographed President Jimmy Carter hopping a fence at LaGuardia Airport, Bing Crosby taking a train to Aqueduct Racetrack, Muhammad Ali knocking out Sonny Liston at Madison Square Garden and the Beatles inspiring hysteria at Shea Stadium.

"He got extraordinary people in ordinary circumstances . . . he was good at capturing how human they were," said Larry Sutton, a former Daily News reporter.

Farrell grew up in the Marine Park area of Brooklyn before moving to Long Island in 1961.

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