NEW YORK (AP) — Longtime New York City newspaper columnist and author Pete Hamill has died.
His brother Denis Hamill said Pete died Wednesday morning in Brooklyn. He was 85.
The Brooklyn-born high school dropout wrote several books, including a bestselling memoir “A Drinking Life."
A son of Irish immigrants, Hamill wrote for the New York Daily News, the New York Post and Newsday. He also served as editor in chief of the Post during a few days in 1993 when its staff revolted against the temporary owner.
A passionate liberal, his open letter to Robert Kennedy helped persuade the senator to run for president.
Hamill was among those who wrestled a gun away from Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan in 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.