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Michael Downing

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Michael Downing, whose books illuminated his illness and the lives of others, dies at 62

At 45, Michael Downing learned that his excellent health was a mirage, obscuring a genetic defect that probably had led to his father’s death from a heart attack at 44. The first symptom of his demise, he learned, would be abrupt and final. A series of doctors “leaned a little forward in their chairs and said the words ‘sudden death’ to me,” he later recalled.
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