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The Glenn Miller Conspiracy author dies

21st April 2010

The author behind a controversial book about the life and times of Glenn Miller has died at the age of 91.

Hunton Downs, whose book The Glenn Miller Conspiracy caused a huge stir when it was published in the US last year, maintained up until his death that the widespread belief that Miller died in a plane crash over the English Channel during World War II was fiction.

Downs claimed that the plane carrying the band leader - called the Noresman - made it to France.

Writing for the Examiner, Music in the Miller Mood webhost George Spink said: 'My personal view is this: I don't know how or why Glenn Miller vanished. I have been sceptical of the traditional view for some time.'

Downs believed that Miller actually died a war hero in a military hospital after being tortured by the Gestapo and left for dead outside a Paris brothel.

The Glenn Miller Conspiracy will be published in the UK on April 25th.

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