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A heavy blow for sci-fi fans today: Richard Matheson, author of multiple Twilight Zone episodes and classic stories like I Am Legend, has died at age 87 at his home in Calabasas, California.

While he started out as a short story writer, you don't have to be a sci-fi book fan to appreciate his work! His stories have been made into near-countless TV episodes and movies, and eventually, Richard broke out into writing directly for television.

His 1956 story, The Shrinking Man, became the sci-fi film The Incredible Shrinking Man. I Am Legend became The Last Man on Earth, Omega Man, and, of course, I Am Legend. He also wrote, and subsequently adapted, Duel, which became one of Steven Spielberg's early suspense films.

Richard's TV credits include Star Trek, Combat!, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, and 16 episodes of Twilight Zone — including "Steel," which was eventually adapted into a feature film starring Hugh Jackman, and the 1963 episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," which starred William Shatner.

Richard had four children, one of whom wrote Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and A Goofy Movie. Our thoughts are with his family.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter