Aug 01, 2012

By Bob Komsic

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Author, playwright and commentator Gore Vidal has died in Los Angeles.

The 86-year-old Vidal died at his home in the Hollywood Hills Tuesday evening of complications from pneumonia.

His nephew says Vidal had been living alone in the home and had been sick for ”quite a while.”

The acerbic Vidal was known for such bestselling novels as ”Burr” and ”Myra Breckenridge,” the play ”The Best Man” and for essays on everything from politics and literature to sex and religion.

In the 1960s and ’70s, he was a fixture on talk shows and other television programs and feuded openly with Norman Mailer, William F. Buckley and others.

He also worked on screenplays and appeared in several movies, including ”Bob Roberts” and ”With Honors.”

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