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‘Dark Shadows’ Writer Sproat Dies

Created vampire Barnabas Collins.

Ron Sproat, who wrote hundreds of episodes of serial "Dark Shadows" in the 1960s, died of a heart attack in his Manhattan apartment on Nov. 6. He was 77.

Sproat wrote for "Dark Shadows" from its inception in 1966, continuing for three years as the creator of characters including vampire Barnabas Collins.

Read more in Variety.