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Wallander author Henning Mankell dies aged 67

Published 05/10/2015 | 12:24

Henning Mankell
Henning Mankell

Henning Mankell, the hesitant figurehead of Scandinavian crime fiction whose books about the gloomy, soul-searching police inspector Kurt Wallander enticed readers around the world, has died aged 67.

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The author and theatre director died in the city of Gothenburg, south-western Sweden, during the night following his battle with cancer, his publisher Leopard said on its website.

In January 2014, Mankell revealed he had been diagnosed with the disease and wrote about his fight against it in The Guardian and a Swedish daily.

He leaves his wife, Eva Bergman, the daughter of Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman.

His books sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.

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