Notable British playwright Harold Pinter has died. He was 76.
The star passed away on Wednesday following a long battle with cancer.
Pinter – whose most famous plays included The Birthday Party and The Dumb Waiter – was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005 for his contribution to the arts.
During his long and successful career Pinter, the son of an east End tailor, wrote 32 plays; one novel, The Dwarfs, in 1990; and put his hand to 22 screenplays including 1965′s The Quiller Memorandum and The French Lieutenant’s Woman in 1980.
Pinter stopped writing plays in 2005 to focus on poetry, alongside forays into acting and political activism.
Following treatment for cancer of the oesophagus, which was diagnosed in 2002, Pinter returned to the stage, winning rave reviews for his performance of Beckett’s monologue, Krapp’s Last Tape, in London in 2006.
Pinter’s wife, Lady Antonia Fraser, has paid tribute to her late husband, saying in a statement, “He was a great, and it was a privilege to live with him for over 33 years. He will never be forgotten.”
A small private funeral and memorial service will be held at a date to be announced.
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