Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney dies
DUBLIN (REUTERS) – Seamus Heaney, one of the world’s best-known poets and winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize for literature, has died aged 74 after a short illness, his family said on Friday.
Northern Ireland-born Heaney, one of the world’s foremost poets writing in English whose works include his 1966 debut Death of a Naturalist, The Spirit Level and District and Circle, died in a Dublin hospital on Friday morning.
“The poet and Nobel Laureate died in hospital in Dublin this morning after a short illness,” said a statement on behalf of the Heaney family released by his publishers Faber and Faber.
Heaney was a rarity among poets, having won acclaim from critics while producing best-sellers. It once took him three hours to walk down Dublin’s main street as autograph hunters pursued him.