Jurassic Park Author Michael Crichton Has Died
by Alex Billington
November 5, 2008
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."
Reader Feedback - 22 Comments
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! 🙁
Spider on Nov 5, 2008
God Bless this man. Truly a great inspiration to storytellers of all kinds.
Mike on Nov 5, 2008
:-(:::::::: 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.
ha1rball on Nov 5, 2008
Don't forget he was a global-warming skeptic 🙂
Jurassic Man on Nov 5, 2008
One of the greatest writers/authors/thinkers ever. This is a terrible loss to the world.
Nate on Nov 5, 2008
Really sad!! He will be missed, he has brought so much joy to so many.
dom on Nov 5, 2008
Truly a tragic loss. Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain were two of my favorite novels...
William on Nov 5, 2008
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.
somnambulist on Nov 5, 2008
How extremely saddening. Chrichton was a brilliant story teller. Rest in peace Mike.
Icarus on Nov 5, 2008
One of my favorite authors. A truly great thinker who will be missed.
DinoChow on Nov 5, 2008
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
harrison on Nov 5, 2008
Great storyteller. R.I.P.
jim on Nov 5, 2008
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....
Ben on Nov 5, 2008
Mr.Crichton was my favourite author of fiction. God bless his soul.
Anwesh on Nov 5, 2008
I loved his books state of fear and NEXT... RIP its a loss...
viral on Nov 5, 2008
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.
Joker on Nov 6, 2008
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.
Chris on Nov 6, 2008
No more Jurassic Park, High-fives! He wrote Westworld though so his life wasn't a total loss.
Crapola on Nov 6, 2008
F*#k off, Crapola. What are you, 12?
avoidz on Nov 6, 2008
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.
Leto on Nov 6, 2008
Oh my...so said..thoughts are with his family.
Bry from Chi on Nov 6, 2008
what we do in this life echos in eternity. so many good things this man has left us.
andre louie reyes on Nov 6, 2008
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