President Obama on Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury, the legendary novelist whose writing career stretched out over the course of 70 years, died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. The author, whose works included "Fahrenheit 451" and "The Martian Chronicles," was 91.

"His gift for storytelling reshaped our culture and expanded our world," said President Obama. Here's the full statement:

For many Americans, the news of Ray Bradbury's death immediately brought to mind images from his work, imprinted in our minds, often from a young age.  His gift for storytelling reshaped our culture and expanded our world.  But Ray also understood that our imaginations could be used as a tool for better understanding, a vehicle for change, and an expression of our most cherished values.  There is no doubt that Ray will continue to inspire many more generations with his writing, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

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