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Beverly Hillbillies creator dies
The creator of 1960s TV show The Beverly Hillbillies, Paul Henning, has died in a California hospital, aged 93.

Henning, who died of natural causes, created the series after being inspired by camping trips he took as a youth.

It followed a family who lived off the land who moved to Beverly Hills after discovering oil on their property.

Henning also wrote the theme song for the show, which ran from 1962 to 1971, attracting up to 60 million viewers at its peak.

His daughter, Carol, said he had been ill for some time.

Henning was born on a farm in Missouri in 1911, and as a youth met president-to-be Harry Truman, who advised him to become a lawyer.

But despite graduating from law school, he wrote for radio comedies before moving into television and film.

He wrote the 1964 movie Bedtime Story, which starred Marlon Brando and David Niven and inspired 1988's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Buddy Ebsen, who played the Hillbillies' patriarch Jed Clampett, died in 2003, aged 95.

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