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Was Mike Nichols sick before he died?

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Mike Nichols had long suffered from an unspecified illness prior to his death, according to Newsday. Nichols died Nov. 19, 2014, after suffering a heart attack.

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Born in Germany, Nichols and his family fled Nazi rule while he was still a child, eventually settling in New York City. Nicholas achieved his original success in show business in the 1950s as part of a comedy duo called Nicholas and May. Nicholas later achieved fame for directing the films "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "The Graduate." Nicholas is among a small number of people who received all four major entertainment awards: an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. Prior to his death, Nicholas had been married to ABC News journalist Diane Sawyer.

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