September 27, 2008
Actor Paul Newman Dies at 83
Town officials in Westport, Conn., say U.S. actor Paul Newman has died at his home at the age of 83.
Newman died Friday night after a long illness. Published reports said it was cancer, Westport Now said Saturday.
Newman founded Newman's Own, a Westport-based food company which has donated more than $200 million to charity.
Newman, in August, declined further out-patient treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and had told his family he wished to die at home, Westport Now reported, noting Connecticut's Lime Rock race track reportedly opened for an afternoon in August so Newman could take a few last laps in his GT1 Corvette.
Newman, who was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb, was divorced from actress Jacqueline Witte in 1957 and married actress Joanne Woodward in 1958.
He is survived by Woodward, two daughters from his first marriage and three daughters from his second marriage.