Media Loses Three

09/15/1997 at 12:00 AM EDT

The worlds of publishing, TV and music have lost three of their contributors. Suspense novelist ROBERT LUDLUM, 73, author of the Jason Bourne series of spy thrillers and "The Matarese Circle," died Monday of an apparent heart attack. "It's a horrible loss for all of his fans and for his publisher," said a spokesman for his publisher, St. Martin's Press . . . Contentious, chain-smoking '80s talk show host MORTON DOWNEY JR., 67, died of lung cancer and other respiratory problems, his family announced Monday night. After his cancer was diagnosed in 1996, and one of his lungs was removed, Downey became an anti-smoking crusader . . . MICHAEL SMITH, 58, the jokester drummer for the '60s rock band Paul Revere and the Raiders, died March 6 in Kona, Hawaii, of natural causes, reports the Associated Press. Raiders' hits included "Just Like Me," "Kicks" and "Indian Reservation."

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

Advertisement

From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners



Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters