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Rutgers professor Tomás Eloy Martínez dies

BUENOS AIRES - Longtime Rutgers University professor Tomás Eloy Martínez, an Argentine author and journalist famed for his writings about former President Juan Domingo Perón and his glamorous wife Eva Perón, died Sunday at age 75.

Martinez died in Buenos Aires after a long battle with cancer, family friend Carlos Diuk told The Associated Press.

Martínez was a columnist for The New York Times, Spain's El Pais newspaper and Argentina's La Nacion daily.

He lived a large part of his life in the United States, where in the late 1990s he headed the Latin American Studies program at Rutgers in New Jersey.

Some of his best-known works include "Santa Evita," "The Flight of the Queen" and "The Perón Novel" - combining fiction and reality about Argentina during and after the rule of the Peróns, the glamorous power couple who dominated the nation's politics in the 20th century.

"Santa Evita" was translated into more than 30 languages.

Martínez also wrote "The Passion According to Trelew," about the killings of members of a guerrilla group.

In 1975, Martínez was forced into exile by a right-wing paramilitary group created during the government of Isabel Perón.

He went to Venezuela, where he became the editor of El Nacional and founded El Diario de Caracas.

He had a degree in Spanish and Latin American literature from the University of Tucuman.

- AP

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