The historian and social activist passed away on Wednesday (27Jan10) after suffering a heart attack while travelling with his daughter, Myla Kabat-Zinn, in Santa Monica, California. He was 87.
Zinn is best known for writing A People’s History of the United States, his 1980 non-fiction book which details the lives of ordinary people who fought for social change in America.
It was turned into a documentary called The People Speak last year (09), featuring stars including Damon, Freeman, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, Viggo Mortensen and Josh Brolin.
An accompanying soundtrack also featured Bob Dylan, Pink and Lupe Fiasco.
Zinn was a shipyard worker and Air Force bombardier in World War II, before he went to college and became famous for leading strikes and anti-war protests.
He is survived by his daughter.