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Author Michael Crichton dies at 66

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Michael Crichton, the million-selling author of "Jurassic Park" and "The Andromeda Strain," has died at the age of 66.

His family says he had been battling cancer.

The medical school graduate was known for his scientific and techno thrillers, and many of his books became major Hollywood films, including "Rising Sun" and "Disclosure." Crichton himself directed and wrote "The Great Train Robbery" and co-wrote the blockbuster "Twister." He was also creator of the award-winning TV hospital series "ER."

If not a literary giant, Crichton was a physical one, standing 6 feet and 9 inches. Director Steven Spielberg was a friend of Crichton's for 40 years. He remembers him as a "gentle soul" whose "talent out-scaled even his own dinosaurs."

Crichton was married five times and had one child. A private funeral is planned.

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