Richard Carlson, top-selling writer
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Richard Carlson, author of the best-selling "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff," died Wednesday. He was 45.
Mr. Carlson died after falling ill while on his way to New York as part of a tour to promote his new book, "Don't Get Scrooged," said Julie Mitchell, spokeswoman for HarperSanFrancisco, Mr. Carlson's publisher.
A psychologist, Mr. Carlson advocated tackling life with good humor, positive thinking, and perspective.
Born in the east San Francisco Bay area, Mr. Carlson received a bachelor's degree from Pepperdine University and a doctorate in psychology from Sierra University.
His book, "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff," was on best-seller lists for two years. He wrote 20 books in all, including "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff in Love," co-written with Kris Carlson, his wife of 25 years.