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WSJ Reporter, ‘Last Lecture’ Author Jeff Zaslow Dies, WSJ Says

Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) -- 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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dan Hart in Washington at dahart@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Sylvia Wier at swier@bloomberg.net

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