Death of Alistair Cooke

November 20, 1908 - March 30, 2004
New York, New York | Age 95

Legendary broadcaster Alistair Cooke dies
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Alistair Cooke, the quintessentially urbane host of television's "Masterpiece Theatre'' and interpreter of U.S. culture for decades on British radio's "Letter from America,'' died Tuesday at his Manhattan home. He was 95.

The British-born Cooke had retired just three weeks ago, following the advice of doctors who had diagnosed his heart disease. He passed away at midnight in his adopted home country, according to the British Broadcasting Corp. No cause of death was given.


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