Dominick Dunne, the former Hollywood producer, diarist and best-selling author known for his in-depth Vanity Fair essays on the courtroom travails of the rich and famous, died Wednesday in
Affectionately called 'Nick' by his friends, Dunne was putting the finishing touches on his final novel, which he planned to call Too Much Money, when his health took a turn for the worse. He flew to
Dunne, who lived in
Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter praised Dunne as an exceptional reporter who proved as fascinating as the people he wrote about. "Anyone who remembers the sight of O.J. Simpson trying on the famous glove probably remembers a bespectacled Dunne, resplendent in his trademark Turnbull & Asser monogrammed shirt, on the court bench behind him," Carter wrote in a statement. "It is fair to say that the halls of Vanity Fair will be lonelier without him and that, indeed, we will not see his like anytime soon, if ever again."