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Author, Reporter Brinkley Commits Suicide at 76

November 24, 1993

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) _ Author William Clark Brinkley, whose book ″Don’t Go Near the Water″ was made into a movie, has committed suicide. He was 76.

Brinkley had been suffering from clinical depression and killed himself Monday with an overdose of barbiturates, said his wife, Jean Brinkley.

Brinkley wrote books from 1948 to 1988, including ″Quicksand,″ ″The Deliverance of Sister Cecilia,″ ″The Fun House,″ ″The Ninety and Nine,″ ″The Two Susans,″ ″Breakpoint,″ ″Peeper″ and ″The Last Ship.″

The movie ″Don’t Go Near the Water,″ a comedy about the sailors serving in the South Pacific during World War II, was released in 1957 and starred Glenn Ford.

Brinkley was a reporter for The Washington Post from 1941-42 and from 1949-51. He was an assistant editor and staff writer for Life magazine from 1951-58.

Brinkley was a native of Custer, Okla., and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oklahoma. He served in the Navy from 1942-46, studied at the Yale Drama School from 1961-62 and was a member of the National Press Club.

He moved to McAllen in 1971.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a stepson, David Shelander of Pensacola, Fla.; a brother, Paul D. Brinkley of Auburn, Ala.; and a sister, Virginia McCabe of Garden Grove, Calif.

No funeral services were planned.

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