Howard Fast


Age: 88

Summary: best-selling author known as a political radical who wrote such historical fiction classics as Sparticus, Freedom Road and Citizen Tom Paine, but who was known just as much for his leftist ideology that landed him in jail for three months for failure to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1950 and who was blacklisted for many years.

Cause of Death: Natural causes

Born: November 11, 1914

Died: March 12, 2003

Greenwich, Connecticut