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David Bale, Gloria Steinem’s Husband, Dies

January 2, 2004 GMT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) _ David Bale, an activist and the husband of feminist writer Gloria Steinem, has died at age 62.

Bale, the father of actor Christian Bale, died Tuesday of brain lymphoma at Santa Monica Healthcare Center, where he had been residing since November, family friend Carla Morganstern said Thursday.

``David went through the world with few possessions and great empathy for all living things,″ Steinem, the co-founder of Ms. magazine, said in a press statement. ``He had the greatest heart of anyone I’ve ever known.″

Born in South Africa, Bale grew up in Egypt, England and the Channel Islands. He worked as a commercial pilot, with the hope of providing aid to needy communities in Africa.

Bale was once banned from returning to South Africa because he opposed the apartheid government, Morganstern said.

He married Steinem in 2000 in a Cherokee ceremony in Oklahoma. It was his third marriage.

Bale was a board member of The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International and World Education Inc., a creator of adult learning programs in developing countries. He also was an active supporter of the annual Genesis Awards, presented to news and entertainment media for championing animal issues.

He is survived by Steinem; four children, Christian Bale, Louise Bale, Sharon Bale and Erin Kreunen; and four grandchildren.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no public memorial.