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  • 6 June 2012, 16:52

American Author Ray Bradbury Dies Aged 91

American science-fiction author Ray Bradbury, who wrote Fahrenheit 451, has died aged 91 in California.

His daughter, Alexandra Bradbury, said he died on Tuesday night. She did not have any additional details.

The writer's long career saw him write everything from science-fiction to mystery, horror and humour.

His grandson, Danny Karapetian, tweeted: "The world has lost one of the best writers it's ever known, and one of the dearest men to my heart. RIP Ray Bradbury (Ol' Gramps)."

Bradbury broke through in 1950 with The Martian Chronicles, a series of stories about human attempts to colonise Mars, which served as a commentary on the Cold War.

He also scripted John Huston's 1956 film version of Moby Dick and wrote for the TV series The Twilight Zone.

Although his writing had slowed in recent years due to a stroke, which meant he had to use a wheelchair, Bradbury remained active.

He penned new novels, plays, screenplays and a volume of poetry, writing every day in the basement office of his home in Los Angeles.

One of Bradbury's most famous works, Fahrenheit 451, which depicted a future where books were banned, was a Cold War era novel about the evils of censorship and thought control in a totalitarian state.

It was adapted into a film by Francois Truffaut in 1966.

"The great fun in my life has been getting up every morning and rushing to the typewriter because some new idea has hit me," he said in 2000."The feeling I have every day is very much the same as it was when I was 12."

Born in 1920 in Illinios, Bradbury started out selling newspapers and writing in his spare time.

His first book, Dark Carnival, a collection of short stories, was published in 1947.

Bradbury was married to Marguerite McClure, who died in 2003. The couple had four daughters together.