'Lonesome Dove' author Larry McMurtry dead at 84

Los Angeles (AFP) – Larry McMurtry, author of the best-selling “Lonesome Dove” novels set in the Old West and an Oscar-winning screenwriter for “Brokeback Mountain,” has died at the age of 84, his agent said Friday. “Larry McMurtry passed away last night, on March 25 of heart failure,” Amanda Lundberg said in a statement. McMurtry died in Texas, where he lived most of his life and which provided the setting for many of his books and screenplays. Besides his popular Western novels, McMurtry racked up an impressive array of movie credits during his career. McMurtry and co-writer Diana Ossana won…

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