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Author Barry Hannah dead at 67

Author Barry Hannah, nominated for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, died Monday at his home in Oxford, Miss. He was 67.

Hannah died of "natural causes," said Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy, who added that he wanted to withhold further details about the cause until he shared them with Hannah's wife.

Hannah's first novel, "Geronimo Rex," was published in 1972 and nominated for a National Book Award. His 1996 short story collection, "High Lonesome," was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Longtime friend Malcolm White, director of the Mississippi Arts Commission, called Hannah "Mississippi's irreverent poet of the dark side."

Hannah worked as writer in residence at several places, including the University of Mississippi, the University of Iowa, the University of Montana-Missoula and Middlebury College in Vermont.

-- Associated Press

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