Author Norman Mailer died November 10th of kidney failure in New York. He was 84.
In the "six degrees of Warren Zevon" department, Zevon's song "The French Inhaler" contains the following line:
The French inhaler, he stamped and mailed her
She said, "So long, Norman."
In a 1978 interview, Zevon vehemently denied the line referred to Mailer. "That man is a street fighter," Zevon said, "and I don't want to meet him in a dark alley one night and have to say, 'Listen, Norman, it wasn't about you.'"
After Zevon's death, son Jordan Zevon cleared the air: the line was indeed a reference to Norman Mailer.