'Sex' Author Dies

12/15/1997 at 12:00 AM EST

British author Alex Comfort, 80, whose 1972 "The Joy of Sex" sold 12 million copies internationally, died Sunday in Oxfordshire, England. He had been suffering strokes for a long time. His book, a "gourmet guide to lovemaking" that's been translated into two dozen languages, will live on forever.

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