To Our Readers: Jul. 11, 1994

After finishing a major story on the gay-rights movement two weeks ago, TIME senior writer William A. Henry III confessed to his editor that he was a bit worn down. He was walking with difficulty and, as he said, "feeling very mortal." It was a tragically prophetic remark. Last week, while in England to cover the London theater for us, Bill died of a massive heart attack. He was 44.

Those of us who were his colleagues and friends (and one was virtually synonymous with the other) are just beginning to realize the extent of our loss. Bill did an extraordinary...

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