R.W. Apple, the legendary NY Times reporter who earned our undying envy for his recent years as a galloping gourmand, chronicling the best food in the greatest cities in the world, died today of cancer at 71. In his final hours, he cranked out his final piece, a report on the great chefs of Singapore.

In a statement, Times editor Bill Keller said:

”He was himself to the last. ‘From his sickbed he hammered out his last words to readers … negotiated details of the menu and music for his memorial service, followed the baseball playoffs and the latest congressional scandal with relish.”

 

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