Nightly News   |  February 14, 2010

Dick Francis, writer and ex-jockey, dies at 89

The former rider drew on his experience as a champion steeplechase jockey in writing more than 40 novels. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> we also need to report tonight best-selling british crime writer dick francis has died. he drew on his experience as a champion steeplechase jockey in authoring over 40 novels over the years. elizabeth the queen mother , a keen horse-racing fan, was among his most avid readers over the years. dick francis was 89 years old.

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