From the Hollywood Reporter:
Michael Crichton dies at 66
Author died Tuesday of cancer
By Carl DiOrio
Nov 5, 2008, 01:08 PM ET
Michael Crichton -- whose books were made into films including "The
Andromeda Strain," "Jurassic Park" and "Twister" -- died Tuesday
"after a courageous and private battle against cancer," according to the author's Web site.
Despite his illness, a statement on MichaelCrichton.net said Crichton
died "unexpectedly" in Los Angeles.
The "in memorium" posting added: "While the world knew him as a great
storyteller 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 eyes. He did this
with a wry sense of humor that those who were privileged to know him
personally will never forget.
"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
"He will be profoundly missed by those whose lives he touched, but he
leaves behind the greatest gifts of a thirst for knowledge, the desire
to understand, and the wisdom to use our minds to better our world.
"Michael's family respectfully asks for privacy during this difficult time.
"A private funeral service is expected, but no further details will be
released to the public."
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