Michael Crichton died of cancer yesterday

Sad news for any fans of the famous author Michael Crichton – he died yesterday (4th November 2008) after what has been described as a "private battle with cancer". He was 66 years old.

I was a big fan of Crichton’s work during the 90’s, and read all the Jurassic Park novels, and I actually read his "sexual politics in the workplace" novel Disclosure before I saw the film.

Many of Crichton’s novels were given film adaptations, including Congo, Sphere and The Andromeda Strain. However, after Jurassic Park, his biggest achievement must be the long running medical drama, ER, which debuted back in 1994.

An official statement from the author’s family reads:

While the world knew him as a great story teller 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.

And I think that is a fitting tribute to the man and his work. Isn’t it funny how news like this makes you want to pick up one of those old Jurassic Park books again?

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