Gore Vidal, an author, playwright, politician and commentator, died Tuesday at age 86 in his Los Angeles home.
Vidal passed away at his home in the Hollywood Hills at about 6:45 p.m. of complications from pneumonia, his nephew Burr Steers said. Vidal had been living alone in the home and had been sick for "quite a while," Steers said.
His works included hundreds of essays, the best-selling novels Lincoln and Myra Breckenridge and the Tony-nominated play The Best Man, a melodrama about a presidential convention revived on Broadway in 2012.
Vidal is survived by his half-sister Nina Straight and half brother Tommy Auchincloss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Vidal’s family.