The U.S. author, commentator and playwright Gore
Vidal has died at 86, news reports said.
Vidal died at home in Hollywood Tuesday from complications of pneumonia, his nephew Burr Steers was quoted as saying by the Los Angeles Times.
His writings covered both commentary and fiction, including 25 novels as well as many plays, essays and books on history, in particular of the United States and its public figures.
He won the National Book Award in the US for his compilation titled United States Essays, 1952-1992.
His acerbic observations on current and cultural affairs also made him a high-profile and sometimes controversial commentator with several running feuds with politicians and other celebrities.
"I'm exactly as I appear," he said. "There is no warm, lovable person inside. Beneath my cold exterior, once you break the ice, you find cold water."
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