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Author John Updike Dead at 76

Author John Updike passed away on Tuesday at the age of 76 from cancer. "It is with great sadness that I report that John Updike died this morning," said Nicholas Latimer of Alfred A. Knopf, a unit of Random House. "He was one of our greatest writers, and he will be sorely missed."

Updike died in hospice in Massachusetts, where he had lived for more than 50 years. In addition to being the author of 28 novels, he also wrote stories, poems, articles and reviews. From 1954-2008, more than 800 works written by Updike were published in the New Yorker.

He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, and studied English at Harvard University. Updike was a contributor and editor of the Harvard Lampoon magazine. His novel, "The Witches of Eastwick" was brought to the big screen in 1987 in a film starring Cher and Jack Nicholson.

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