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Vicente Leñero dies at 81; writer stirred controversy in Mexico
Vicente Leñero dies at 81; writer stirred controversy in Mexico

Mexican novelist, playwright and screenwriter Vicente Leñero, whose popular works stirred up controversy in government and religious circles, died Wednesday at his home in Mexico City. He was 81. His death was announced by the National Council for Culture and the Arts. Leñero had been suffering from lung cancer, according to Mexican media reports. Among his best known, and most controversial, works is the screenplay for the 2002 film "El Crimen del Padre Amaro" ("The Crime of Father Amaro"), the highest-grossing domestic film in Mexico. The tale of corruption and sex in a small town so angered Catholic church leaders that lead actor Gael Garcia Bernal...

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