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Pete Hamill, legendary New York columnist, has died at 85

Pete Hamill, legendary New York columnist, has died
Posted at 10:12 AM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 10:35:40-04

NEW YORK (AP) — Longtime New York City newspaper columnist and author Pete Hamill has died.

His brother Denis Hamill said Pete died Wednesday morning in Brooklyn. He was 85.

The Brooklyn-born high school dropout wrote several books, including a bestselling memoir “A Drinking Life."

A son of Irish immigrants, Hamill wrote for the New York Daily News, the New York Post and Newsday. He also served as editor in chief of the Post during a few days in 1993 when its staff revolted against the temporary owner.

A passionate liberal, his open letter to Robert Kennedy helped persuade the senator to run for president.

Hamill was among those who wrestled a gun away from Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan in 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.