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Celebrity crime writer Dunne dies

Updated at 11:56 GMT, Thursday, 27 August 2009 12:56 UK

Celebrity crime writer Dunne dies

Dunne covered the trial of the man who murdered his daughter

Best-selling US writer Dominick Dunne has died aged 83 after losing his battle with bladder cancer, his actor son Griffin Dunne has confirmed.

Dunne was best known for writing about shocking crimes among the rich and famous for US magazine Vanity Fair.

He joined the publication in 1984 and covered mainly celebrity court cases, including former sports star OJ Simpson's murder trial.

He also wrote the best-selling books Another City and Not My Own.

His first article for Vanity Fair was about the trial of the man who murdered his daughter Dominique.

She was strangled in 1982 by her ex-boyfriend John Sweeney, shortly after she had completed her first movie, Poltergeist, at the age of 22.

Feature films

Dunne began his career in New York City as the stage manager of The Howdy Doody Show, but soon moved on.

He later became the executive producer of the TV series Adventures in Paradise.

Soon after he started producing feature films, including The Boys in the Band, Panic in Needle Park, Play It as It Lays and Ash Wednesday.

He stopped writing for Vanity Fair to concentrate on his forthcoming novel, Too Much Money, which is expected to come out in December. A DVD about his life entitled After the Party is also due for release.

In addition to his son Griffin, Dunne is survived by another son, Alex, and a granddaughter, Hannah.

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