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'Name of the Rose' author Umberto Eco dies at 84

By Karen Butler   |   Feb. 20, 2016 at 7:39 AM

LONDON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Italian writer and philosopher Umberto Eco has died at the age of 84.

Eco's family confirmed the author's death to the BBC, but offered no details regarding the circumstances other than that he died at his home late Friday.

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Eco is best known for his novel The Name of the Rose, which was adapted as a 1989 film starring Scottish actor Sean Connery. His other works include Foucault's Pendulum and Year Zero.

He also penned children's books and literary criticism, founded the communications department at the University of San Marino, and served as professor emeritus and chairman of the Higher School of Humanities of the University of Bologna.

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