[<< wikinews] American author Michael Crichton dies at age 66
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 

American author and producer Michael Crichton has died in Los Angeles, California at the age of 66, according to a statement released by his family.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Crichton died after a long and quiet battle with cancer. His family said that his death was "unexpected". 
"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," said a statement by his family.
Crichton, who was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1942, was most famous for the writing of his Jurassic Park novels. He also published The Andromeda Strain, Congo, Rising Sun, Timeline, Eaters of the Dead, all of which became major motion pictures. He also created, and was an active executive producer of the hit television show ER.

== Sources ==
 "Author Michael Crichton Has 'Died Unexpectedly'" — Entertainment Tonight, November 5, 2008
 "Author Michael Crichton Dies" — Sky News, November 5, 2008
 "'Jurassic Park' Author Michael Crichton Dead At 66" — CBS News, November 5, 2008
 "Michael Crichton dies, aged 66" — BBC News Online, November 5, 2008
Carl DiOrio. "Michael Crichton dies at 66" — Hollywood Reporter, November 5, 2008