“Dunne had traveled to Germany and the Dominican Republic for experimental stem cell treatments to fight his cancer”
Dominick Dunne, who wrote stories of shocking crimes among rich and famous, dies in NYC at 83
NEW YORK (AP) — Author Dominick Dunne, who told stories of shocking crimes among the rich and famous through his magazine articles and best-selling novels such as “The Two Mrs. Grenvilles,” died Wednesday in his home at age 83.
Dunne’s son, actor-director Griffin Dunne, said in a statement released by Vanity Fair magazine that his father had been battling bladder cancer. But the cancer had not prevented Dunne from working and socializing, his twin passions.
In September 2008, against the orders of his doctor and the wishes of his family, Dunne flew to Las Vegas to attend the kidnap-robbery trial of O.J. Simpson, a postscript to his coverage of Simpson’s 1995 murder trial, which spiked Dunne’s considerable fame.
In the past year, Dunne had traveled to Germany and the Dominican Republic for experimental stem cell treatments to fight his cancer. He wrote that he and actress Farrah Fawcett were in the same cancer clinic in Bavaria but didn’t see each other. Fawcett, a 1970s sex symbol and TV star of “Charlie’s Angels,” died in June at age 62.
Dunne discontinued his column at Vanity Fair to concentrate on finishing another novel, “Too Much Money,” which is to come out in December. He also made a number of appearances to promote a documentary film about his life, “After the Party,” which was being released on DVD.