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SLIDESHOW: Famous deaths 2008

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">   Author Donald Westlake poses in his Greenwich Village home, in the borough of Manhattan, in New York, on May 23, 2001.   Westlaked died on December 31, 2008.  &#40;AP Photo&#47; Louis Lanzano&#41;</span></div>
January 2, 2009 5:47:15 AM PST