By Tom Rose
According to a family entry on his official website, Michael Crichton, author of “Jurassic Park” and many other enormously successful and popular books, films and TV shows, has died in Los Angeles, aged 66, after a “courageous and private battle against cancer.”
Crichton, a Harvard Medical School graduate, was also the author of the books “Congo” and “Twister” but it was his first smash-hit thriller “The Andromeda Strain” which made him a darling of critics and fans alike when it was adapted to film in 1971. Since then, his books have sold more than 150 million copies and he wrote, produced and directed hit films and TV shows, most notably the hospital drama “ER.”
He had been struggling privately with cancer for several years, his family revealed, and at their request, a private funeral will be held.
For his fans, they made this statement: “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 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.”
Michael Crichton is survived by a daughter, Taylor Anne Crichton (with ex-wife Anne-Marie Martin), and by wife Sherri Alexander, whom he married in 2005.