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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2009 file photo released by the Florida Keys News Bureau, author and essayist Gore Vidal delivers the keynote presentation during the first session of the 27th annual Key West Literary Seminar in Key West, Fla. Vidal died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 86. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Carol Tedesco)

Gore Vidal dies at 86

August 1, 2012

Author, playwright and commentator Gore Vidal died at his home in the Hollywood Hills at about 6:45 p.m. July 31

of complications from pneumonia. Steers said Vidal had been living

alone in the home and had been sick for "quite a while."