NEW YORK -- Pulitzer prize winning playwright Howard Sackler, the author of the 'The Great White Hope' and 'Jaws II,' died in Ibiza, Spain, a spokesman said Thursday. He was 52.
A lawyer for Sackler, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for his play 'The Great White Hope,' said the playwright was found in his studio on the Spanish island Wednesday. The cause of death was not immediately determined and Jay Harris, Sackler's New York attorney, said Sackler died either late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
He died before finishing a play entitled 'Klondike,' which was to be performed next summer at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Cleveland, Harris said.
Sackler, who was born in Brooklyn in 1929, had numerous theatrical and film credits. He helped writers working on the screenplay for 'Jaws,' wrote the screenplay for 'Jaws II,' and 'Saint Jack,' a Peter Bogdonavich film.
He also directed plays in London, Paris, Dublin, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, and Washington. In addition Sackler was the directed of Caedmon Records which recorded poetry and plays by many of England's top actors.
In addition to the Pulitzer Prize Sackler's plays won the Maxwell Anderson Award, the Sergei Award, the Drama Critics Circle Award and the Tony Award.
Among his plays were 'The Pastime of Monsieur Robert,' 'Goodbye Fidel,' 'Semmelweiss,' 'The Nine O'clock Mail,' and 'The Yellow Loves.'
He is survived by his wife, the former Greta Lynn Lungren, and two children, Daniel, 17, and Molly, 19, both of New York.
Sackler was to be buried in Ibiza. A memorial service was planned in New York