Washington (UPI)--The “beast” of cancer has overtaken columnist Stewart J. O. Alsop, who since 1971 had stoically and eloquently recounted for readers his battle against acute myeloblastic leukemia, a rare blood disease.
Alsop, 60, died Sunday afternoon at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., near here. Pneumonia was the immediate cause of death, according to Joseph Alsop, his brother and one-time writing colleague.
“A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep,” Stewart Alsop wrote in a recently published book “Stay of Execution,” “and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist.”
Alsop, for the past six years a columnist for Newsweekly magazine, first wrote that he had the disease in a column Sept. 6, 1971.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday at St. John’s Church in Lafayette Square near the White House.
Alsop will be buried at Indian Hill cemetery in Middletown, Conn.