Writer Dominick Dunne Dead at 83

By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2009 7:08 PM CDT
Dominick Dunne poses for a photograph in 2005.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Dominick Dunne, the best-selling author who covered some of the past two decades’ highest-profile trials for Vanity Fair, died today at 83; his son, actor Griffin Dunne, told the magazine bladder cancer was the cause. Dominick Dunne served in World War II and produced TV shows and feature films before penning such novels as The Two Mrs. Grenvilles and People Like Us.

Dunne covered the trials of OJ Simpson, the Menendez brothers, and Phil Spector, and the impeachment trial of President Clinton. His final novel, Too Much Money, is to be released in December, the AP adds. “The halls of Vanity Fair will be lonelier without him,” editor Graydon Carter said in a statement.