Ray Bradbury, 'Author of Fahrenheit 451,' has died at age 91

ray-bradbury-obituary.jpgLegendary author Ray Bradbury has died at the age of 91, his daughter Alexandra tells the AP. She says he died Tuesday night (June 5) in Southern California, but did not offer any additional details.

Bradbury was born Aug. 22, 1920 in Waukegan, IL, where magic was actually his first passion. He often said if he had not discovered writing, he would have become a magician. Bradbury never attended college, but instead began writing short stories for pulp magazines after he graduated high school.

Bradbury married Marguerite McClure in 1947. She was the family provider at first, working at an advertising agency while Bradbury was struggling to make it big. Maggie passed away in 2003. The couple has four daughters, Susan, Ramona, Bettina, and Alexandra; and eight grandchildren.

Arguably Bradbury's most famous work is "Fahrenheit 451," which was published in 1953, but remains one of the most important and controversial works of the 20th century. It has been banned from high school reading lists, which is ironic considering it is about banning books.

Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles is Bradbury's chosen resting place and he has requested his headstone read "Author of Fahrenheit 451."

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