DIED:

01/15/1998 at 12:00 AM EST

Best-selling Australian thriller writer Morris West ("The Devil's Advocate," "Children of the Sun" and "Shoes of a Fisherman"), 83, Saturday at his home in Sydney, of heart failure while working on his latest novel. "He died very peacefully," said his son, Chris O'Hanlon, "in the middle of a sentence."

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