Writer Gore Vidal has died at the age of 86 due to complications of pneumonia at his home in the Hollywood Hills.
The novelist, essayist, and playwright, is known for being outspoken on popular culture and politics during his 60-year career.
Vidal was a campaigner of LGBT right and lived with his partner of five decades Howard Austin until his passing in 2003.
Gore Vidal campaigned for the Democratic Party and often criticized George Bush Jr.
In recent years he appeared on The Simpsons, Family Guy, and on Da Ali G Show, where Sacha Baron Cohen’s character pretending to believe he mistook him for hairstylist Vidal Sassoon.