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'Jurassic Park' Author Michael Crichton Dead at 66

"Jurassic Park" author and "ER" creator Michael Crichton died Tuesday at age 66, according to a statement from his family.The novelist passed away in Los Angeles after a private battle with cancer. The family said his death was unexpected in a statement available on his Web site ."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," his family said.Click here to view photos."He did this with a wry sense of humor that those who were privileged to know him personally will never forget."A private funeral service is planned, a publicist for Crichton told FOXNews.com, but he declined to offer further comment.Director Steven Spielberg told FOXNews.com in a statement that Crich...

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