Longtime Barron's writer Alan Abelson dies at 87

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Alan Abelson, who spent 57 years as a writer, editor and chief columnist for financial news publication Barron's, has died at the age of 87.

The author of the long-running Up and Down Wall Street column died Thursday of a heart attack, according to Sara Blask, a spokeswoman for Dow Jones, which publishes Barron's. Abelson had been on a medical leave of absence from Barron's for the past three months, The Wall Street Journal reported. Dow Jones, Barron's and the WSJ are owned by News Corp.

Abelson graduated with degrees in chemistry and English from City College of New York. He received a master's degree from the Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa. He joined at Barron's in 1956, and became managing editor of the publication nine years later.

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