Veteran entertainment journalist and founder of Deadline Nikki Finke passes away at age 68

The divisive entertainment writer who established the website Deadline and possessed enormous authority by casting an unflinching and scathing eye on Hollywood has passed away

A family representative informed The Hollywood Reporter that Finke passed away on Sunday in Boca Raton, Florida, after a protracted illness

Finke oversaw the Deadline Hollywood Daily feature at L.A. Weekly from 2002 to 2009

She started Deadline Hollywood Daily in 2006, an online publication that is available 24/7

It developed into a significant news source for the 2007 WGA strike

Finke gained scoops in a competitive manner that both impressed and enraged people in the profession

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