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Author Michael Crichton Dead at 66

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Writer and filmmaker Michael Crichton has died after a private battle against cancer. He was 66.

Crichton was born in Chicago on October 23, 1942. He attended Harvard University as an undergrad and for medical school. His first best-selling book, "The Andromeda Strain," was published while he was still a medical student. He will be remembered as one of the most popular writers in the world, with books translated into thirty-six languages, and thirteen been made into films.

Crichton is best known for his novel "Jurassic Park," which spawned a hit movie trilogy in the 1990s. He was also the creator and co-executive producer of "E.R."

He won an Academy Award in 1995 for technical work on the film "Emil Safir." He also received Emmy awards in 1994 and 1996 for his work on "E.R."

Michael is survived by his daughter Taylor (with ex-wife Anne-Marie Martin), and by wife Sherri Alexander, whom he married in 2005.

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