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Seamus Heaney, poet, Nobel Prize-winner, dead in Dublin at 74

Aug. 30, 2013 at 9:46 PM

DUBLIN, Ireland, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Northern Irish-born poet and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney died Friday in his adopted hometown of Dublin, his family said in a statement.

He was 74.

No cause of death was specified but The Irish Independent said he had been in poor health since he suffered a stroke several years ago.

"The death has taken place of Seamus Heaney. The poet and Nobel Laureate died in hospital in Dublin this morning after a short illness," the statement from his family read.

"The presence of Seamus was a warm one, full of humor, care and courtesy -- a courtesy that enabled him to carry with such wry Northern Irish dignity so many well-deserved honors from all over the world," Irish President Michael D. Higginssaid .

Heaney, a former teacher, won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1995.

He is survived by his wife, Marie, and children, Christopher, Michael and Catherine Ann, the Independent said.

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