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Subject: Rupert Cornwell, Journalist, author, brother of John Le Carre (real name, David Cornwell)

Dead at 71
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Date Posted: Saturday, April 08, 04:35:47pm

A native of London, England, Rupert was an award-winning British foreign correspondent for over 40 years, based in Paris, Brussels, Rome, Bonn, Moscow and Washington, DC.He spent 21 years in the United States, 12 of them as Washington bureau chief for the Independent, the British newspaper that he had joined at its founding in 1986 as Moscow correspondent. Previously he had worked 14 years for the Financial Times, and he was a friend and mentor to many of those he worked with.In 1983 Rupert published the best-selling book "God's Banker", about Roberto Calvi, the Italian banker found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge in London.He was the half brother of Tony Cornwell and David Cornwell - whose pen name is John le Carre - and the brother of British actress Charlotte Cornwell. He was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he studied Greek; he was a gifted linguist who spoke several languages. Rupert passed away at age 71 on March 31, 2017 in the presence of his family at Washington's Sibley Hospital, after a three-year battle with cancer. He had borne all the difficulties of his illness with great grace and courage, and continued to write his newspaper column until a few weeks ago.Rupert was the much-loved husband of Susan Cornwell, a correspondent with Reuters news agency whom he met in Bonn. He was the loving father of two sons who adored him, Sean and Stas; and he doted on his granddaughters, Sophie and Florence.A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.In lieu of flowers, a foreign correspondent grant or scholarship is being set up under Rupert's name. Please contact his son Sean for details, sean.cornwell@gmail.com.


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