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Bob Novak passes away

From NBC's Andrea Mitchell
Conservative columnist Bob Novak died at home after a long struggle with brain cancer. He had surgery at Duke University -- after Sen. Ted Kennedy and his wife called him and recommended that he have the same operation the senator had.

It prolonged Novak's life for another year -- enabling him to attend some games last season of his beloved Washington Redskins. He is survived by his wife Geraldine and a son and daughter.

Although Bob was known as "the Prince of Darkness" -- for his conservative views -- he was also a longstanding friend of many Democrats, including the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan and his wife, Liz.

He was also one of the best known performers -- and a past president -- of the Gridiron Club.