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Nathaniel Branden dies at 84; acolyte and lover of Ayn Rand
Nathaniel Branden dies at 84; acolyte and lover of Ayn Rand

Nathaniel Branden, writer Ayn Rand's former devotee, lover and intellectual heir, who, after a bitter schism, moved to Los Angeles and became a bestselling author on self-esteem, has died. He was 84. Branden, a psychotherapist, died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles after a lengthy illness, said James Peron, a close friend. ------------ FOR THE RECORD: Nathaniel Branden obituary: In the Dec. 9 California section, the obituary of former Ayn Rand advocate Nathaniel Branden described economist Milton Friedman as one of Rand's followers. He was not. The obituary also wrongly said that Rand and her husband Frank O'Connor had divorced. — ------------ He is widely...

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