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The documentarian, activist and screenwriter of The China Syndrome died of heart failure on April 30 at 77. Gray addressed problematic social issues in both his writing and filmmaking, including two documentaries on race relations in Chicago and books on American drug policy and NASA. He earned a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for 1979's The China Syndrome, which tackled the safety of nuclear power plants. Gray became an activist and renounced his Goldwater Republican ways after filming police beatings of protestors at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.