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Agent Gary Wichard dies at 60

Updated: March 11, 2011, 7:34 PM ET
By Tom Friend | ESPN.com

Gary Wichard, a prominent sports agent who was the inspiration for the movie, "Jerry Maguire," died Friday morning at his home in Westlake Village, Calif., after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 60.

In the early 1990s, film director Cameron Crowe noticed a magazine photo of Wichard hugging one of his clients, and Crowe said he then brainstormed a script about a football agent who had a close relationship with one of his players. The movie, starring Tom Cruise, later ...

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