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Pultizer Prize Winning Author, Co-Founder Of Juilliard In Aiken Dies

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Aiken, SC - The co-author of a Pulitzer Prize winning biography of the artist Jackson Pollock has died.

Gregory White Smith died Thursday in his home in Aiken from a brain tumor. He was 62.

Funeral director Greg Edwards, of the George Funeral Home in Aiken, confirmed Smith's death, as did family attorney Elizabeth Petit.

Petit says the cause of death was a brain tumor that Smith battled for almost 40 years. Petit says Smith died in the Aiken home he shared with his partner and co-author, Steven Naifeh.

Smith and Naifeh's biography of the artist, "Jackson Pollock: An American Saga," won a Pulitzer Prize in 1991, a year after it was published.

He was also one of the founders of the Juilliard in Aiken festival, which celebrated its sixth year in March.

Petit says the two men wrote 18 books together, including, "Van Gogh: The Life," published in 2011.
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