Clifford Irving, whose scheme to publish a phony autobiography of billionaire Howard Hughes created a sensation in the 1970s and stands as one of the all-time literary hoaxes, died after being admitted to hospice care in Florida. He was 87. Julie Irving told The Associated Press her husband died Tuesday at a hospice near his Sarasota home. She said he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about a week earlier. Julie Irving and her stepsons Ned and Barnaby remembered the writer as a fearless charmer even in his last days.