09:21 20 July 2009
Bestselling author Frank McCourt has died of cancer aged 78.
McCourt, who wrote 'Angela's Ashes', was suffering from meningitis and had been diagnosed with melanoma a deadly form of skin cancer.
Susan Moldow, of McCourt's publisher Scribner, told the New York Times that he died on Sunday afternoon in a New York hospice, from metastatic melanoma.
McCourt's iconic biography 'Angela's Ashes', published in 1996, was a memoir of his childhood in Ireland.
It gives a graphic description of what life was like for a child living in the slums of Limerick, Ireland, during the Great Depression.
It sold millions of copies worldwide and won the Pulitzer Prize. It was also made into a Hollywood film in 1999 starring Emily Watson and Robert Carlyle.
Before his career as a writer, McCourt was an English teacher in a New York high school for 30 years.
Other book titles of his include 'Tis', 'Teacher Man' and 'Angela and the Baby Jesus'.
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