'To Sir, With Love' author ER Braithwaite dies

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The author of "To Sir, With Love," E.R. Braithwaite, has died.

Braithwaite, a Guyanese-born author, educator and diplomat whose book about teaching in the slums of London's East End was adapted into the popular Sidney Poitier movie of the same name, was 104. Braithwaite's companion, Genevieve Ast, told The Associated Press that he became ill Monday and died at the Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center in Rockville, Maryland.

Braithwaite wrote several fiction and nonfiction books, often focusing on his struggles with racism and the contrast between first world and colonial cultures. He also served as the newly independent Guyana's representative at the United Nations in the 1960s.