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Famous Free Speech Crusading Journalist Nat Hentoff Dead At 91


Nat Hentoff appears in a scene from the 2014 movie “The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff.”(First Run Features)

Nat Hentoff, a renowned journalist and advocate for freedom of speech, died in his Manhattan apartment on Saturday. He was 91 years old.

His son Nick revealed Nat’s passing on Twitter.

Hentoff’s official job was covering jazz. He worked for New York’s liberal Village Voice for decades. He published more than 30 books including works of fiction and non-fiction. The writer grew up in Boston and graduated from Northeastern University. While he was raised Jewish, Hentoff rebelled against religion at an early age and was himself an atheist.

Nat Hentoff’s colleagues also took to Twitter to express their regrets.



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