Italian writer-journalist Oriana Fallaci, Sept. 15 Oriana Fallaci, the Italian writer and journalist best known for her abrasive interviews and provocative stances, died on Sept. 15. She was 76. Fallaci, who had been diagnosed with cancer years ago, died overnight in a private clinic in Florence. Fallaci, who lived in New York, had come back to her hometown days ago as her condition worsened. During her journalistic career she became known for challenging interviews with such world leaders as former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
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