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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Former Philadelphia Daily News sportswriter and columnist Bill Conlin, whose long career came to an end following allegations of child molestation, has died. He was 79.

The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News report that the baseball writer died Thursday in Largo, Florida. NJ.com says Conlin's son, Pete, confirmed his father's death in a text message.

Conlin retired in 2011 following allegations that he had abused four children decades ago. Three other accusers later came forward. Authorities have said no criminal charges would be pursued because the alleged abuse occurred so long ago.

Conlin worked at the newspaper for more than four decades, covering the Phillies and writing a column. He has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, had been an ESPN commentator and written two books.

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