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Los Angeles, AP -- Michael Crichton, the million-selling author of such historic and prehistoric science thrillers as "Jurassic Park," ''Timeline" and "The Andromeda Strain," has died of cancer, his family said.

He died Tuesday in Los Angeles at age 66 after a long battle with the illness.

Chrichton was a brand-name author, known for his stories of disaster and systematic breakdown, such as the rampant microbe of "The Andromeda Strain" or dinosaurs running amok in "Jurassic Park," one of his many books that became major Hollywood movies.

"Through his books, Michael Crichton served as an inspiration to students of all ages, challenged scientists in many fields, and illuminated the mysteries of the world in a way we could all understand," his family said in a statement.

The 6-foot-9-inch author was also a screenwriter and filmmaker, earning producing and writing credits for the film versions of many of his titles. He also created the TV hospital series "ER " in 1994.

In recent years, he was the rare writer to get on well with President Bush, perhaps because of his skepticism about global warming, which Crichton addressed in the 2004 novel, "State of Favor." Crichton's views were strongly condemned by environmentalists, who alleged that the author was hurting efforts to pass legislation to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide.

A new novel by Crichton had been tentatively scheduled to come next month, but publisher HarperCollins said the book was postponed indefinitely because of his illness.

"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 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.


Copyright © 2008 The Associated Press
Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Nov. 5, 2008.
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November 11, 2017
I am signing the guest book because Mr. Crichton was a real talent. He was an author I appreciated almost more than any other. He will be missed. (He was the best.)
April 24, 2017
Peace and comfort to your dear loved ones!
Nazarene Mckinney
January 30, 2017
Thank you for all of the beautiful literary works you have given to all of us. Every time I need a pick-me-up, or a break from reality, I dive into one of your books and I am taken back to the simpler days of my childhood. I will miss all of the publications you undoubtedly had planned for the future. Rest in peace Michael Crichton.
Garett
September 8, 2016
Valenda Newell
July 15, 2016
Thanks for the knowledge and the wonderful stories.
Your life made mine more fun.
Judy Treece
January 15, 2015
I am now reading Micro- and I weep that this is the last time I will read the elegant, yet both simple and sophisticated, prose that you will write. Thank you for sharing your deliciously provocative mind with a grateful public. Rest in peace, Michael Crichton.
October 25, 2014
Many are the things we could say about Mr. Crichton, his films are legendary. May your fond memories of him bring back good thoughts. Peace and love to your family and friends.
B Lucas
August 21, 2013
The whole thing started with a young girl's love of Charlton Heston... & after watching Andromeda Strain the girl was left wanting better. So, she found the book & having read it there was an automatic transfer of love/positive regard to a new "object", the author. And, so it went through the yrs & that regard grew (even if as an adult the "girl" disagreed with the author on his thoughts on climate change, despite the thorough research presented).

Despite the many yrs since your demise, you are missed & today for reasons that are unimportant I choose to state that you remain in my thoughts - always alive!
Dine Ord
January 12, 2013
If there ever was an author who inspired me it was you. I have enjoyed your books and movies and shared them with my son who was taken on May 17, 2011. I just wanted to thank you and will always remember the card you sent many years ago.
Martin Connors III
June 12, 2012
KATHY & BUDDY BARNETT
June 13, 2010
your works are an inspiration to me I hope one day I will be like you. I will miss your books I always waited for the newest one to come out. My teen years wouldn't have been the same with out dinosaurs, murder mysteries, alien space ships, and time travel. Thank you and may the after life be your next great adventure.
Dexter Fisher
May 13, 2010
Michael Crichton was and is still my alltime favorite author. I have been reading his books, starting with "Jurassic Park", since I was twelve. I love to read them over and over again, for I learn something new everytime. I'm dedicating my school portfolio piece to "State of Fear", and am greatly looking forward to reading "Pirate Latitudes". Thanks for being the sourse of this 11th grader's inspiration,
Rest in Peace, God Bless
Carolina Covington
March 17, 2010
For Michael...

You are missed however,
your words will live
forever.

Micheal...this is for you.


WEEP NOT FOR ME


Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain...on the other side of darkness.

Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the innocence of babes in mothers arms.

I am the hope in a darkened night. And, in your hour of need, I will be there to comfort you. I will share your tears, your joys, your fears, your disappointments and your triumphs.

Do not weep for me, for I am cradled
in the arms of God. I walk with the angels, and hear the music beyond the stars.

Do not weep for me, for I am within you;
I am peace, love, I am a soft wind that caresses the flowers. I am the calm that follows a raging storm. I am an autumns leaf that floats among the garden of God, and I am pure white snow that softly falls upon your hand.

Do not weep for me, for I shall never die, as long as you remember me...
with a smile and a sigh.


© Joe Fazio
~
jfazio@gmail.com /Joe Fazio,
Beverly Hills, California
January 29, 2010
To the Crichton Family-Those we love left us with gifts in the form of memories that no one can take away. They gave us wisdom that we still can recall.

May the God of all comfort continue to give you the strength to continue on each day.
January 2, 2010
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
July 29, 2009
He was an inspiration to me and his talent has touched my life. I continue to miss him, dearly. My thoughts and prayers still go out to those he left behind. His words will live forever.
Denise Dufour
July 13, 2009
He was one of my favourite sources of creative energy, and the cosmos will miss his presence. My sincere condoleances to his close ones. They lost a great human being.
Dr. Christophe LAURENT,
Belgium.
Christophe Laurent
March 9, 2009
What a wonderful Author! I liked Jurrasic Park especially. My son too he would watch it over an over!
Why do our loved ones have to die?
I am sure he had many more stories to write so much more to share with his family and fans.
(Genesis 3:1-5)(2Peter 3:13)
Fan
January 19, 2009
'Timeline' is still one of the best books I ever read. A challenging and talented author, and an icon of 20th century literature...
Justine
January 10, 2009
I am shocked and greatly saddened to have just learned that we have lost a giant in the world of story telling. I have read his every book and have been a devoted fan.
May God bless you, Michael.
Jane Erikson
January 4, 2009
you have for a long time been one of the greatest writers and one of my absolute favorite authors, you will always be remebered
richard combs
December 15, 2008
Steven Golder Jr
You will be the inspiration for millions of up in coming young writers.
Rest In Peace
Steven Golder
November 23, 2008
Thank you for your amazing novels. You will be greatly missed.
Mary Snell
November 17, 2008
I grew up reading Michael Crichton's books. Although I have never met him, I am truly sad that the world has lost such a talented and intelligent man. I will always cherish his stories.
Kaye
November 13, 2008
An intelligent, thoughtful man who didn't think like the pack...an uncommon man whom I admired.
Pat Vinci
November 12, 2008
My prayers are with the family We have lost a truely wonderful and talented man. He will be missed by all. God Bless you all. Myra Segars
November 12, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with Michael's family and friends....thanks for your many offerings, books and TV drama....Andromedra Strain is a Classic and ER is terrific......I'm sure you will be missed by many...
Bonnie Pritchard
November 12, 2008
You were the best...
Ron Sachatello
November 11, 2008
Thank you, Michael for challenging your readers with knowledge and truth. You are loved.
Regina Montgomery
November 11, 2008
My thoughts, prayers and my heart goes out to this family and their friends for the loss of a husband, father, and friend. Michael will truly be missed by all.
Liz in VA
Elizabeth D
November 11, 2008
REST IN PEACE MICHAEL CRICHTON
D. ZIMMERMAN
November 11, 2008
Thank you for the inspirations ... You made every person feel they can comprehend the intricacies and implications of science, technology, culture, and human behavior. Thank you, Mr. Crichton ... Thank you.
Cyril Huang
November 11, 2008
My condolences to his family and fans. I will miss reading his prose, but no one will ever forget "Jurassic Park" and "ER".
Debbie Stafford
November 10, 2008
To his family: I am sorry for your loss. I hope it is comfort to know that Michael is in a better place now.
I was a devoted fan of Mr. Crichton's. He allowed me to develop a love for reading. I thank you for that.
Christina Del
November 10, 2008
yOU WILL BE MISSED. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE TIME YOU WERE HERE & THE EXTRAORDINARY WORKS YOU GAVE US. gOD SPEED
JOSIE GANGLOFF
November 10, 2008
Thank you for hours of entertainment, reading your stories.

Rest In Peace, Michael. Your stories will continue to live on.
Gail Siegel
November 10, 2008
One of the best story tellers of all times...and my personal favorite. He will be greatly missed.
Pam Morrow
November 10, 2008
May God continue to bless your family. We all will miss a life well lived.
Tina Canady
November 10, 2008
Thank you so for the wonderful stories you told all of us.
Rest in Peace and may God be with all of your loved ones.


Peace
Marti Wright
November 10, 2008
ZOE KOWASKI
November 9, 2008
Thanks for all those great stories. rest in peace and God bless.
louis carwell
November 9, 2008
I thank Mr Crichton for his works..and his tenacity in challenging certain scientific theories and popular notions..!
He shall be missed...
My thoughts & sincerest prayers are with Michaels' family,
as this is a most definite and great loss..

Cynthia Elizabeth Palmer & Family
Holyoke, Massachusetts
Cynthia Palmer
November 9, 2008
No words are adequate at a time like this. Just want the family to know that this was a man who I admired, loved his books, and trusted his judgement.
He will be missed. Layne.
Layne Swanagan
November 8, 2008
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Michael Crichton. He was an icredible storyteller and I have read every one of his books, some of them twice. May God Bless his family at this time of sorrow.
Michelle Mattingly
November 8, 2008
I admire this man and hope to live my life in a way that honors his memory and keeps his ideals alive. He was truly one of a kind. I was and am inspired by his passion and hard work. My condolences to the Crichton family.
Rebecca Ball
November 8, 2008
You were and always will be my Hero.God Bless You and your family....Thank you!
Betsy Searfoss
November 8, 2008
To The Crichton: Sorry to hear about the death of your dear husband and father may the God of all comfort be with your family at this time and give you peace.1Corinthians1:3
cynthia Walker
November 8, 2008
Sorry to hear about your lost. As I read about people passing away with cancer makes me think twice. I had breast cancer and went to chemo and radiation. Their is not one day thay you don't think about it. Very scary. I will pray for the family.
Bob & Marlene Corbin
November 8, 2008
My condolences to the family. I didn't read any of his books, but do watch ER religiously;
Kathi Kamholz
November 7, 2008
To the Crichton Family,

I will never forget the first time I ever watched Mr. Crichton's wonderfully put together show called "ER". I have followed that show for the last 15 seasons. I am sorry to see it go. Understandably though every good things must come to and end. I hope that you family member lived the way he wrote and produced. He was wonderful and I am sorry for you lose and I hope you stay strong.
Tammy Birkheimer
November 7, 2008
An extraordinary man who wrote with the assumption that his readers were intelligent. A true gift. he will be missed.
Catherine Traff
November 7, 2008
A life well lived.
Stan Smith
November 7, 2008
A great man! My deepest Synpathy to the Crichton family.
May he rest in peace.
God Bless!
Brenda
November 7, 2008
What a terrible loss, not only to you his family, but also to those of us who found love in reading, movies and ER. So fitting that this should be the final season of ER, what would it be without YOU? YOU will be truly missed.
Carol Elder
November 7, 2008
Rest in Peace Michael, you brought a lot to an industry that will sorely miss your talent.
Ric La Monte
November 7, 2008
I worked for your Father at the American Association of Advertising Agencies in the Pan Am Building. He was a wonderful person. He was so proud of you while you were in medical school.
Unfortunately you have left this world so early and the future work you could have done will be a loss to this world.
Hanna Aminoff
November 7, 2008
Rest in peace and thank you for the wonderful stories.
Henryk Zaleski
November 7, 2008
My condolences to the Crichton familiy.Everyday there are discusions,debates,arguments and conjecture passed about his ideas and works.How many authors can you name who has inspired so much discusion since "Andromeda Strain" in the field of science and technology. His books rest on my shelves next to books written by Sagan,Hawking,Clarke and Verne,not by alphabet of course. I am glad to have to lived in a world that had his work in it.
Lou Durso
November 6, 2008
My deepest condolences to the Crichton family, and to all fans like me. Reading Jurassic Park was the start of my love for books and reading and that has greatly improved my confidence. His books not only entertain but also offers great awareness/information.
Ingrid
November 6, 2008
Richard H. Herrick
November 6, 2008
May the comforting thought from the Bible book of Revelation, the 21st chapter, verse 4 be of comfort to you. It reads: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” I offer my sincere condolences to you all.
M. Jones
November 6, 2008
To the Crichton Family,
Our deepest sympathies on your loss. We became aware of his talent following the Andromeda Strain. All of his writings were greatly anticipated by our entire family. The world seems sadder today. We will miss him.
The Westlund Family
Sue Westlund
November 6, 2008
I was saddened to hear of Michael Crichton's passing. He had me hooked on The Andromeda Strain, and I've read most of his novels since then. He was a very gifted author. God bless his family during this time of sorrow. My prayers are with you all.
Judy
November 6, 2008
Michael was one of my favourite authors and in fact was the reason I began to love reading. I always got excited about his books and put on hold my reading list until I finished his latest book.

I wish his family the best and my condolences are with them.
Paul Sweeney
November 6, 2008
To the Friends and Family of Michael, My most sincere sympathy. I will dearly miss his work but always admire his spirit and writing skills . God Bless you all
Bill Carroll
November 6, 2008
the memory of the wonderful person that was Michael Crichton will live on everytime someone reads one of his novels.
William Quinones
November 6, 2008
The world has lost a truly great artist. So sorry to hear the news and may God be with you during this time of loss.
A Fan
November 6, 2008
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
Harry Simpson
November 6, 2008
My prayers to Mr. Crichton's family. Thank you for allowing him to provide my family countless hours of entertainment. He will never be forgotten.
Katherine Pence
November 6, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
The Davis Family
November 6, 2008
My heart felt sympathy is sent to you and your family. Michael had an ingenius mind and we will forever share that in his books, Sincere wishes
Janice Gough
November 6, 2008
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Michael Crichton may he rest in peace and may god bless his family and watch over them all of their lives.

Thank You Mr. Crichton for ER and all of your great movies.
Barbara Barrera
November 6, 2008
My husband said last night that this one death has saddened him immensely. If you knew my husband, you would know, as I do, that not many things make him emotional. He was very shocked by this loss and he spoke about Mr. Crichton and his works for a few minutes last night to me.
I never read his books, like my husband did, but I loved ER and the Jurassic Park series. He was a very talented author.
I know my husband and I will miss him much.
Kristen
November 6, 2008
You were a great inspiration and will be missed greatly. We loved the movie "Jurrasic Park" and you did wonderful work. We pray that your family will get through this difficult time and that your legacy will live on. It is so difficult losing such wonderful people, but you will always be remembered! God bless your family!
Bonni and Hector Castillo
November 6, 2008
Sincerest sympathies to his family and friends. One of the few authors I would read just because he wrote it. He never disappointed.
Mr. Crichton: Thank you for sharing your gift. We have lost a great storyteller. Godspeed.
Bridget Ponterio
November 6, 2008
May God bless your family in this time of sorrow.

He was my favorite author.
M Smith
November 6, 2008
One of the first books I read that Michael had written was Five Patients. As a medical provider this book gave me insight I never would have had. Of course I loved Andromedia Strain and Jurassic Park. Prayers and blessings to family.
D Davis
November 6, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Pat Lane-Bowers
November 6, 2008
May God be with your family in your time of grief.
He will be missed by all of his fans.
Diana Kennedy
November 6, 2008
WE SEND OUR PRAYERS, LOVE,& CONDOLENCES TO THE CRICHTON FAMILY,FRIENDS,& ALL WHO KNEW HIM.
KEN & MARY O'DANIEL
November 6, 2008
Blessings and sincere sympathy to your family at this sad time and thank you for sharing your creative talents with the world.
Terri Benedict
November 6, 2008
Thank you for the hours and days and years of entertainment from your books, movies and especially ER... Our family of nurses, doctors, Physician Assistants, and Physicial Therapists all could enjoy a medical show without picking it to pieces. Our future will be less entertaining without you. God Bless your family and friends.
Nancy Flanagan
November 6, 2008
I would like to offer my condolences to Michael's family.
He was a wonderful writer. I have read all his books and enjoyed them vey much. Remember your memories of you husband and father and he will always be in your hearts.

C. Weber(Waymart, PA)
Cheryl Weber
November 6, 2008
To the Family,

I am so very sorry for your loss. Michael Crichton has been a favorite author of mine for years. I loved the way he could take science and make it exciting and challenge me to think outside the box defined by the main stream media. I, for one, will greatly miss his style.
Leslie J
November 6, 2008
I have read so many of your books. I have always anxiously awaited the next one. Sad that there will not be anymore. The world has definitely lost a great author and a great man.
Chris Garofola
November 6, 2008
I'm stunned. I have looked forward to each and every new novel of Michael for years. His method of researching his subject matter and then writing thoughtful, provoking drama is unequaled in the world. May God bless him and his surviving family.
Tom Green
November 6, 2008
My deepest regrets to Michael's family and close friends. He gave me hours of enjoyment with all his writings.
I consider him one of the best writers ever.
All The Best Michael!
Michael Foley
November 6, 2008
The Family:

Please accept my Condolences for the loss of your loved one may The God of all Comfort Provide you with peace in you time of grief.
S Griffin
November 6, 2008
I was very sad to hear this morning of your passing, not only for the general public and your many admirers, but also for your family. I am sure you knew you were loved but I believe now you see the depth of all our gratitude and admiration for all you did to entertain us. Thank You for that and God Bless you and your family.
Kimberly Weber
November 6, 2008
Jesus Loves Me!!!
Thomas Widgeon
November 6, 2008
I have marked the years, and decades since the 70's with the release of a new book filed with mind stretching ideas and adventures. He's gone? I had hoped for many more chances to receive his creative gifts. They live on my bookshelf and will be shared with my children. Thank you Michael Crichton and good bye.
Liz Kidera
November 6, 2008
I have read all your books and already miss a next one that will never come.
You have been an ispiration for my writings and my hopes as an author. thank you Michael.
Giuseppe Verzè
November 6, 2008
You were a great writer that blended science fact with science fiction and fantasy. We, your numerous readers, will miss you.
Earl Frazier
November 5, 2008
sooooo sorry for the lost of your loved one ...he will be missed !!!!thoughts and prayers r with the family at this sad time....teresa cruz (athens , ga)
teresa cruz
November 5, 2008
you will be truly missed your work is excellent especially e r and jurasic park
ayse burak
November 5, 2008
You will be missed by every reader who entered your world of dreams and make-believe. Your books were well written and often inspirational. Best wishes to your family.
Sophie Rakestraw
Atlanta, Georgia
Sophie Rakestraw
November 5, 2008
Our family became a fan with the Andromeda Strain and have collected all his books since. He will be missed in our book world,
Fonda family
willy fonda
November 5, 2008
Jurassic Park is my most favorite movie, but I am familiar with Mr.Crichton's other books and movies too (including "Coma").
I am so very sorry for your loss.
Elizabeth Sipos
November 5, 2008
bummer! I started reading his books earlier this year. I really liked The Great Train Robbery. I also liked the classic concept of guy and girl falling for each other through the crucible of the plot in some others like Timeline. The science was exciting, and I liked the fact that he provided references. (I'm an engineer). My prayers go to his family and friends. I'm dissapointed not to read another good book.
Aaron C
November 5, 2008
The Original New York City Free Advice Man, JP Fenyo, wishes to express his sincere condolences and sadness upon the news of the departure of Michael Crichton, whose works provoked people to think about important and urgent issues. The world has too few of his calibre and genius.
Jean-Pierre Fenyo
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