Tony award-winning US playwright Neil Simon dies aged 91

Published: August 28, 2018 14:34:27 | Updated: August 31, 2018 18:28:31


Playwright Neil Simon arrives for a program honouring him as the 2006 Mark Twain Prize recipient at the Kennedy Center in Washington October 15, 2006. Reuters/File

Celebrated US playwright Neil Simon has died aged 91 in his native New York City of complications from pneumonia, representatives announced.

Simon gained international fame in the 1960s for stage and screen comedies including The Odd Couple and Barefoot In The Park.

In 1991 he won the Pulitzer Prize For Drama with Lost in Yonkers.

"Some say he's the most successful playwright since Shakespeare," Barefoot star Robert Redford once said.

Simon was a prolific author. Averaging at least one play a year for much of his career, and his work included the hit musicals Sweet Charity and They're Playing Our Song, reports BBC.

His wife, Elaine Joyce Simon, was at his deathbed along with his daughters, Ellen Simon and Nancy Simon, in New York-Presbyterian Hospital, his representatives said.

Musical theatre star Elaine Paige and actor Josh Gad were among those tweeting tributes to the author.

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