Jurassic Park Author Michael Crichton Has Died

November 5, 2008

Michael Crichton

Although most of the nation is celebrating today, some very sad news has just arrived. Legendary author, screenwriter, and filmmaker Michael Crichton has died. He was 66 years old and died suddenly in Los Angeles on Tuesday "after a courageous and private battle against cancer." In addition to all of his books that have served as inspiration for so many wonderful films, Crichton directed a few films of his own, including Westworld, Runaway, and Physical Evidence. He will forever be known as the brilliant mind behind the imaginative worlds of Jurassic Park, Congo, Twister, Sphere, The Andromeda Strain, and The 13th Warrior as well as "ER" on TV. His legacy, and his great stories, will surely live on forever.

Without Crichton, we would have never seen dinosaurs come to life or seen Dustin Hoffman explore a spaceship at the bottom of the ocean. He is as important as all the directors and actors that starred in films based on his books. His last novel, titled "Next", was published in 2006. "While the world knew him as a great storyteller that challenged our preconceived notions about the world around us -- and entertained us all while doing so -- his family and friends knew [him] 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."

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  • Spider
    So sad to hear of Crichton's passing! My deepest condolences go out to his family. Thank you, Mr. Crichton for the legacy you left us. May you rest in peace! :(
  • Mike
    God Bless this man. Truly a great inspiration to storytellers of all kinds.
  • ha1rball
    :-(:::::::: That's me crying! He gave me the coolest thing in the world when i was a little kid and that was Jurassic Park. RIP Mr. Chichton.
  • Jurassic Man
    Don't forget he was a global-warming skeptic :)
  • Nate
    One of the greatest writers/authors/thinkers ever. This is a terrible loss to the world.
  • dom
    Really sad!! He will be missed, he has brought so much joy to so many.
  • William
    Truly a tragic loss. Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain were two of my favorite novels...
  • somnambulist
    Crichton was one of the authors who introduced me to the joy of reading and helped me begin my journey into imaginative storytelling. A tragic misadventure for the world as it looses one of it's truly brilliant authors. R.I.P. my friend.
  • Icarus
    How extremely saddening. Chrichton was a brilliant story teller. Rest in peace Mike.
  • DinoChow
    One of my favorite authors. A truly great thinker who will be missed.
  • harrison
    as if this day wasnt bad enough, now the icing on the cake. rest in peace mr crichton you are by far my favorite author and always will be, can read your books over and over and never grow bored of them, your a brilliant man and made this world a far more interesting place
  • jim
    Great storyteller. R.I.P.
  • Ben
    A wonderful story teller who with each book delved into bright new and exciting worlds. I think he leaves behind a great legacy and will be greatly missed....
  • Anwesh
    Mr.Crichton was my favourite author of fiction. God bless his soul.
  • viral
    I loved his books state of fear and NEXT... RIP its a loss...
  • Joker
    The first true novel I ever read was The Andromeda Strain. He is and always will be my favorite author. This news was one of the most shocking Ive heard lately. He is the reason I want to be a writer. RIP, one of America's true literay genusis.
  • Chris
    I was a true fan of Michael Crichton, having read all of his books, including his autobiography. What an engrossing story teller and overall fantastic author. He will be truly missed.
  • No more Jurassic Park, High-fives! He wrote Westworld though so his life wasn't a total loss.
  • avoidz
    F*#k off, Crapola. What are you, 12?
  • Leto
    It Almost Seems Ironic That "ER" Is Coming To A Close......It Would Be Nothing Without Him! Always Wanted To Read His Books.....Now I Think Its High Time I Got Out There And Bought Them All. To Own His Legacy Would Be The Best Way To Honor Him! May He Rest In Peace.
  • Bry from Chi
    Oh said..thoughts are with his family.
  • andre louie reyes
    what we do in this life echos in eternity. so many good things this man has left us.




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