Michael Blake


Age: 69

Summary: author of the best-selling novel Dances with Wolves that was made into the 1991 Oscar-winning movie starring Kevin Costner and became the first western to win a best-picture Oscar since 1931's Cimarron, who also won a screenwriting Oscar for the film and had a hard time getting his book published, but it has sold more than 3.5 million copies in 22 languages at the last tally.

Cause of Death: Hodgkin's disease

Born: July 5, 1945

Died: May 2, 2015

Tucson, Arizona