NEW YORK — Alan Abelson, who spent 57 years as a writer, editor, and chief columnist for financial news publication Barron’s, has died at the age of 87.
The author of the long-running “Up and Down Wall Street” column died Thursday of a heart attack, said Sara Blask, a spokeswoman for Dow Jones, which publishes Barron’s. Mr. Abelson had been on a medical leave of absence from Barron’s for the past three months, The Wall Street Journal reported.
‘‘Financial journalism lost one of its leading lights today with Alan Abelson’s passing,’’ Barron’s editor and president Ed Finn said in a statement. ‘‘For many readers, there can be no substitute for Alan’s witty, wise, and wonderfully written comments each week in ‘Up and Down Wall Street.’ He touched so many lives, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.’’ Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.