A famous Hollywood writer who spent half a decade writing about the lives of the rich and famous has died from the asbestos cancer known as mesothelioma. Army Archerd, aged eighty seven, wrote as a columnist for Variety Magazine, and interviewed and wrote about many huge superstars.

Archerd was diagnosed with malgnant mesothelioma five years ago, and it is thought that the cancer developed as a result of exposure to asbestos during the Second World War, when he worked at a shipyard with the United States Navy. This was at a time when asbestos was widely used.

An official from Variety Magazine said Archerd “was a very honorable man and a damned good journalist.” He said that he was known as being honest, kind, and as having great integrity. He had interviewed many superstars over the decades including Marilyn Monroe, and he was the one that broke the news about Rock Hudson having AIDS.

In the past actor Paul Newman said that Archerd “really is the straight arrow by which all other columnists should measure themselves. He’s painfully honest and he does his homework, and he never publishes anything without getting double verification on it.”

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