Jeffrey Zaslow, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and author of the“The Last Lecture,” died of injuries suffered in a car accident yesterday, the newspaper reported. He was 53.
Zaslow lost control of his car while driving on a snowy road in northern Michigan and collided with a truck, the Journal said, citing his wife, Sherry Margolis, and the Antrim County Sheriff’s office.
His career included work as an advice columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times, succeeding Ann Landers, after winning a competition for the position, the Journal said.
Zaslow wrote about a column about Carnegie Mellon University professor Randy Pausch, who gave an inspiring lecture in 2007 after being told he only had months to live following a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, the Journal said. He followed that with a best-selling book called “The Last Lecture.” Zaslow also collaborated on “Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope,” the story of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a shooting last year.
Zaslow is survived by his wife, who is a Fox television affiliate anchor, three daughters and his parents, the newspaper said.