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Oscar winner Shaffer dies on holiday in Cork

Dean Gray

Published 07/06/2016 | 02:30

Peter Shaffer
Peter Shaffer

Peter Shaffer, the celebrated writer of 'Equus' and 'Amadeus', has died at the age of 90 after a short illness.

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The renowned playwright, who was holidaying in Ireland, died at the Marymount Hospice in Cork, with family by his side, his agent said.

Respected as "one of the true greats of British theatre", Shaffer wrote more than 18 plays.

Equus and Amadeus, the two works for which he remains best known, won the Tony Award for best play in 1975 and 1981 respectively.

Both were adapted for the big screen, with Amadeus winning eight Academy Awards at the Los Angeles ceremony in 1985.

'Harry Potter' star Daniel Radcliffe starred in the London (2007) and New York (2008).

Shaffer's other plays include Black Comedy, Lettice And Lovage, The Royal Hunt Of The Sun and Five Finger Exercise.

Shaffer was awarded the CBE in 1987 and knighted in 2001.

He lived in New York for a number of years, but loved to visit London and Ballymaloe House in Cork "in particular".

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