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Rock Journalist Robert Palmer Dead At 52

November 28, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Celebrated music journalist Robert Palmer died Thursday morning in a New York hospital. He was 52. Palmer, who endured a long bout with liver disease, was awaiting a possible transplant. A longtime pop music writer for The New York Times and Rolling Stone, Palmer wasalso the author of the acclaimed history "Deep Blues."

Palmer was honored on Sunday at a memorial service at Tramp's in New York by the likes of Patti Smith.

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