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Obit: Beat Writer/ Muse Carolyn Cassady Dead at 90


Carolyn Cassady, who will forever be remembered as the model for Camille, the second wife of Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac’s Great American Novel “On The Road,” died on Friday near her home in Bracknell, England. In real life, Ms. Cassady was married  to (and later divorced from) Neal Cassady, who Kerouac based Moriarty on. She was briefly Kerouac’s lover, with the encouragement of her husband. Her daughter Cathy Sylvia confirmed that Ms. Cassady lapsed into a coma after an emergency appendectomy, according to the New York Times. Ms. Cassady wrote two books, “Heart Beat: My Life With Jack and Neal” (1976) and “Off the Road: My Years with Cassady, Kerouac and Ginsberg (1990).

For more, read obits in The Guardian and The New York Times.