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Michael Crichton Passes Away at 66

Jurassic Park author passes away of cancer.

By Jarrod Sarafin     November 05, 2008


Author Michael Crichton
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Michael Crichton -- whose books were made into films including "Jurassic Park" and "The Andromeda Strain" -- died Tuesday. He was 66.

The author died "after a courageous and private battle against cancer," according to his Web site. A statement on MichaelCrichton.net said Crichton died "unexpectedly" in Los Angeles.

Crichton was a brand-name author, known for his stories of disaster and systematic breakdown, such as the rampant microbe of "Andromeda" or dinosaurs running amok in "Jurassic Park," one of his many books that spawned major Hollywood movies.

Crichton also was a screenwriter and filmmaker, earning producing and writing credits for the film versions of many of his titles. He also created the NBC hospital drama "ER" in 1994.

"Michael was an extraordinary man. Brilliant, funny, erudite, gracious, exceptionally inquisitive and always thoughtful," "ER" executive producer John Wells said Wednesday. "No lunch with Michael lasted less than three hours, and no subject was too prosaic or obscure to attract his interest. Sexual politics, medical and scientific ethics, anthropology, archeology, economics, astronomy, astrology, quantum physics, and molecular biology were all regular topics of conversation. I was blessed to have known him and proud to be able to have called him my friend."

In recent years, Crichton was the rare writer to get on well with President Bush, perhaps because of his skepticism about global warming, which Crichton addressed in the 2004 novel "State of Favor." Crichton's views were strongly condemned by environmentalists, who alleged that he was hurting efforts to pass legislation to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide.

A new novel by Crichton had been tentatively scheduled to come next month, but publisher HarperCollins said the book was postponed indefinitely because of his illness.

An "in memoriam" posting on his Web site read, "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 understand.

A private funeral service is expected.

Thanks to aegrant for the submission.

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rgtchtiger 11/5/2008 5:04:44 PM

Yet another personal fav of mine passes away this year.  And cancer takes another fine individual as well, along with Stan Winston and Jimmy Valvano.  Will someone PLEASE f'ing cure cancer already?

Rest in peace, Mr. Crichton.  I read several of your novels and enjoyed every one of them.

KingOfMelnibone 11/5/2008 7:23:08 PM

I heard Chuck Norris' tears cure cancer....too bad he doesn't cry.

Another tragic lost in the entertainment buisness. I was not aware of his battle until I was downing my beer over dinner and noticed the headline across the bottom of the screen during the nightly news and was like "What the hell!"..... Big fan of his work, some of his books were not done very well on film, but a great writer nonetheless. RIP Mr. Crichton.

FilchX 11/5/2008 7:42:47 PM

I remember Reading Jurassic Park When I was in grade 6 and it completly changed my world....Mr. Crichton you will be missed.

I wonder what the book he was working on was going to be about?

gr689 11/5/2008 8:04:00 PM

Loved everything you touched buddy! I'm shocked and saddened by the news. I hope we can continue with some of your works to the big and little screens!

aegrant 11/5/2008 8:42:13 PM

i have read many of Crichton's books with the Jurassic series being my favorites (doesn't hurt when the main character has the same name as you). Plus ER is one of my favorite serries over the past 10 years.

Cancer - if a black man can become president in my lifetime, I hope they find a cure for in my son's lifetime

Miner49er 11/5/2008 10:48:38 PM

This sucks, two of my favourite authors pass away in the same year, the other being Arthur C. Clarke. It's been a bad year for celebrity deaths.

I think Crichton was working on a follow-up to Travels. That's what I read on another site.

nightsider 11/6/2008 1:10:52 AM

Crichton was one of my favorite authors who got me to read when i was in 6th grade. His books were great and he will be missed. To many good people are dieing and not many good people are ariving to take their place. What will the world be like without Crichton, Carlin, Winston, and Clarke.

RIP

kwsupes 11/6/2008 3:51:56 AM

He will be missed he wrote some great stuff. It was too bad that the movie versions of Congo and Sphere were so lousy because they were some of his finest work. The Lost World I thought as a book was far superior to Jurassic Park, but of course Hollywood gutted it as well. For that reason I am glad they never touched Prey. Prey was another one of his flashes of brilliance. Rest in peace friend you will be missed.

DarthDuck 11/6/2008 5:13:17 AM

He will be missed.  I started reading his books in sixth grade and Jurassic Park (and of course the movie) blew me away.  but it was so different than movie.  I began reading other books that had been turned into movies.  I began to read more and more.  In a way I 'grew-up' with Crichton.  his books were the first 'grown-up' books that I read and I never stopped.

Thank you Mr. Crichton, you will be missed.

georgekaplan 11/6/2008 5:27:36 AM

I was shocked by this.  I didn't even know he was sick.  Two big literary losses this week with non-ficition writer Studs Terkel dying.  Sad.

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