Crichton Dead of Cancer at 66

Jurassic Park author, 66, sold more than 150M copies worldwide
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Nov 5, 2008 12:24 PM CST
Crichton had been fighting a private battle with cancer, his family says.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) Jurassic Park author and ER creator Michael Crichton died yesterday at 66 after a battle with cancer, Entertainment Tonight reports. “While the world knew him as a great storyteller," Crichton was "a devoted husband, loving father, and generous friend who inspired,” his family said in a statement. His books, which also included bestseller The Andromeda Strain, sold more than 150 million copies. (Read more Michael Crichton stories.)