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Mass. Writer Who Kicked Gun From RFK's Killer Dies

Sunday, 06 Jun 2010 07:11 PM

A longtime reporter and editor for the Boston Globe who is credited with kicking the gun from the hand of Sen. Robert Kennedy's assassin has died. Robert L. Healy was 84.

The Boston Globe says Healy died Saturday of a massive stroke at his home in Jupiter, Fla. He had served at the paper as executive editor, Washington bureau chief, political editor and columnist.

Healy was the last reporter to speak to Kennedy the night of his assassination in June 1968. He is credited with kicking the gun from the hand of Sirhan Sirhan after the assassin was wrestled to the floor of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

Healy was known for his liberal politics and earned a place on the White House enemies list during Richard Nixon's administration.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe

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