- Associated Press - Saturday, April 30, 2011

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (AP) - A widely honored Argentine novelist who led a probe of crimes committed by the nation’s dictatorship has died at 99.

Friends say Ernesto Sabato died Saturday of complications from bronchitis.

Sabato trained and worked as a physicist but turned to literature in the 1940s. The novel “On Heroes and Tombs” is considered to be his important work of fiction. Other works include “The Tunnel” and “The Angel of Darkness.”

Sabato led a government-appointed commission that studied the crimes committed by Argentina’s 1976-1983 military dictatorship. Its report served as the basis for prosecuting leading figures of the dictatorship after the return to democracy.

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