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PASSINGS: Michael Baigent, Elliott Reid, John L. Dotson Jr.

PASSINGS: Michael Baigent, Elliott Reid, John L. Dotson Jr.

Michael Baigent

Historical mysteries author sued publisher of 'Da Vinci Code'

Michael Baigent, 65, a writer who gained attention for launching a lawsuit contending that "The Da Vinci Code" stole ideas from his book, died of a brain hemorrhage June 17 in Brighton, England, his family said.

Baigent is best known for writing the 1982 nonfiction book "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail," which explores theories that Jesus married Mary Magdalene, the couple had a child and the bloodline survives. In 2006 Baigent and coauthor Richard Leigh made international headlines when they sued Dan Brown's publisher for copyright...

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