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Ray Bradbury Dead at 91

Ray Bradbury
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Ray Bradbury, the legendary sci-fi author behind ‘Fahrenheit 451′ and host of the TV series ‘The Ray Bradbury Theater’ died this morning in Los Angeles at the age of 91.

Bradbury’s death was confirmed by i09. The author was in failing health over the past few years and had even chosen his burial place in Westwood, CA with the epitaph, “Author of Fahrenheit 451.”

Bradbury’s grandson, Danny Karapetian, released a statement on the passing of his grandfather saying, in part:

He influenced so many artists, writers, teachers, scientists, and it’s always really touching and comforting to hear their stories. Your stories. His legacy lives on in his monumental body of books, film, television and theater, but more importantly, in the minds and hearts of anyone who read him.

Though Bradbury is perhaps best known for his novels ‘Fahrenheit’ and ‘The Martian Chronices’ his work was felt over many media. He wrote the script for John Huston’s 1953 adaptation of ‘Moby Dick’ starring Gregory Peck and that same year he wrote the treatment that would eventually become the sci-fi film ‘It Came From Outer Space.’

His writings were adapted into movies, Broadway shows, ‘Twilight Zone’ episodes and comics.

For his work over the years, he won an Emmy award, a Pulitzer Prize award, and the National Medal of Arts Award.

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