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October 28, 2007

VIVIAN APLIN-BROWNLEE, 61 Washington Post editor

Former Washington Post editor Vivian Aplin-Brownlee, who raised an early alarm concerning a Pulitzer Prize-winning story about an 8-year-old heroin addict who was made up, died Oct. 20 at age 61.

Ms. Aplin-Brownlee died of complications from leukemia at her home in Washington, her husband, Dennis Brownlee, said Friday.

The story, "Jimmy's World," won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 1981 for Janet Cooke, but Ms. Aplin-Brownlee doubted the story from the start. The prize was returned and Ms. Cooke fired.

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