Michael Crichton, Blockbuster Author, Dies At 66

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Michael Crichton, author of such massively successful books as Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain, has died of cancer at the age of 66. His family, who had kept his condition private, said the death was “unexpected.” From their statement:

While the world knew him as a great story teller that challenged our preconceived notions about the world around us — and entertained us all while doing so — his wife Sherri, daughter Taylor, family and friends knew Michael Crichton as a devoted husband, loving father and generous friend who inspired each of us to strive to see the wonders of our world through new eyesHe did this with a wry sense of humor that those who were privileged to know him personally will never forget.

Along with his literary success (over 150 million copies of his books have been sold worldwide), Crichton was the creator and executive producer of NBC’s long-running ER. He also directed several successful films, including the sci-fi classic Westworld (a remake is planned for next year). Over a dozen of his novels have been adapted into movies, including Congo, Rising Sun and Disclosure.

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