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Michael Crichton dead at 66

November 5, 2008 | 10:23 am

There is word this morning of the unexpected passing of a local literary lion and bestselling author. From the Associated Press:

The family of Michael Crichton, the million-selling author of such historic and prehistoric science fantasies as "Jurassic Park," "Timeline" and "The Andromeda Strain," says the author has died in Los Angeles. Crichton died Tuesday at age 66.

He had been privately battling cancer, his family said. "Through his books, Michael Crichton served as an inspiration to students of all ages, challenged scientists in many fields, and illuminated the mysteries of the world in a way we could all understand," his family said in a statement.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Associated Press

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