Michael Crichton passed away on Tuesday due to a battle with cancer. It is a sad day for anyone who enjoyed books such as Next and Prey, or movies from his books like Jurassic Park and Sphere. He also created the popular TV series ER. His writing and creativity will be sorely missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with the ones closest to him.....Michael Crichton lived from 1942-2008. He was a notable author, producer, director, and medical doctor.