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Angela's Ashes Author Gravely Ill

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Oh no!

Pulizer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt is seriously ill with meningitis and not expected to survive.

McCourt's brother, Malachy, said that Frank resides in a New York hospice where "his facilities are shutting down."

The author was recently treated for melanoma, but was doing well until about two weeks ago.

"He was out and about, being active, doing talks and so forth," said the grieving sibling. "He is not expected to live."

Our thoughts are with him and his family!

[Image via WENN.]

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50 comments to “Angela's Ashes Author Gravely Ill”

  1. 1

    Poor guy. I hate it when the world loses great talent and we get stuck with dumb reality.

  2. 2

    who? (fyi: not in a disrespectful way, just have never heard of him or angela's ashes)

  3. 3

    Amazing man AND an amazing author. Perez though, posting about a Pulitzer Prize winner? McCourt is too classy of a man for YOU to be writing about him! Slow, trashy news gossip day?

  4. Dan85 says – reply to this


    Thats too bad. He is a great author. Angela's Ashes is one of my favourite books.

  5. ring says – reply to this



  6. 6

    Great book–now he can go to heaven and tell God to lay off all the abusive priests

  7. 7

    OH MY GOD! :(
    I love that book.

  8. 8

    his story was a journey of hope and highlighted the resilience of the human spirit. i'll be sad to lose such a talented voice in the world. much love to him and his family.

  9. 9

    I loved his books. I hope he pulls through!

  10. 10

    Ohhh, I sorry to hear this sad news. He used to live across the street from me. It's where he actually wrote Angela's Ashes.

  11. 11

    Terrible news. I saw him in person at an Angela's Ashes screening. Please get well.

  12. 12

    I read three of his books, ( I think that might be all he has written but I could be wrong) and each was seperate periods of his life. He was a brilliant author, and I really enjoyed his work.

  13. PFF says – reply to this


    This sucks :[

  14. 14

    I've met him twice, the first time on the day he won his Pulitzer Prize. He is a gracious and talented man, and the writing world is going to suffer a terrible loss when he's gone.

  15. 15

    Oh no this breaks my heart! I love this author and his books are amazing! Hope he get well!!

  16. 16

    Its such a sad day!
    Frank McCourt is such a talent! Angela's Ashes ismy favorite book/movie
    My prayers are with the family!

  17. 17

    How sad…I've read both Angela's Ashes and 'Tis - what a great guy….I hope he pulls through. You're in my thoughts Mr. McCourt.

  18. 18

    Re: obbie doobie!
    Frank McCourt is a fantastic talented writer. He wrote three books , Angelas Ashes, 'Tis, and Teacher Man, all based on his life.
    Angela's Ashes is the most well known, its about him growing up in Ireland and then coming to America. His writing is inspirational and very humurous.
    They did a movie based on Angela's Ashes go see its its very long but amazing!

  19. 19

    oh no! no! no! I bought Angela's Ashes in spanish for my mom two days ago and she hasn't been able to put it down…we were just talking about it this morning.

    I love his stories, easily one of my Favorite authors. 'Tis was such an inspirational book for me…

    Angela's Ashes was wonderful to read and discuss in class my senior year.

    i hope he gets well, my prayers are with him and his family.
    menangitis is tough to beat…but if he does pass, his books will continue to do his service.

  20. 20

    I've read all his book. God bless you McCourt! Angela's Ashes was also made into a movie. His brother is an actor often seen on soaps. Prayers to the family. My sister went to Dublin and other parts of Ireland he is very well known there.

  21. 21

    I don't know him,but it's still sad.

  22. 22

    this makes me sad!!

  23. 23

    I remember reading and then watching the movie Angela's Ashes…A very sad bio. My prayers are with him and his family. If it's meant for him to pass on, I hope it's peacefully and painlessly. If so, he will be greatly missed…

  24. 24

    That book rocked!!!!!!

  25. 25

    Re: obbie doobie!

    He's a really good author. His books are good reads.

  26. 26

    I loved Angela's Ashes, the book and the movie. Thank you Mr. McCourt. True talent is never forgotten.

  27. 27

    OMG…love him. He's is a wonderful author. He's lived a hard, but great life. My prayers are with him & his family.

  28. 28

    I am sad to hear of this. He told a beautiful story.

  29. 29

    NOOOO!!! I love this man! I've read all of his books and was eagerly awaiting another one. This is as sad for me as when Shelby Foote died!

    Frank…I hope you go peacefully. You deserve that for the crap you've been through. xoxoxo

  30. 30

    thats so sad! i saw the film of angelas ashes and it was amazing

  31. 31

    Re: brainchild – what??am i misunderstanding you??

  32. 32

    I just love his books. I have readed his books in french, so as my husband and my daugthers. He's a wonderful author and human being. I often think about him and hope he had joy in his life after the childhood he so noblely survived.I wish he get's better.

  33. 33

    I loved the book and movie. I wish him well!

  34. 34

    Angela's Ashes is the most beautiful book.

  35. 35

    Re: obbie doobie!
    Angela's Ashes is a memoir of Frank McCourt's childhood in Limerick, Ireland. I highly recommend this book and the other two he wrote ('Tis and Teacher Man). Really, these books are great stories.

  36. 36

    ~ God Bless you Mr. McCourt ~ My thoughts are with the family of this gracious and talented man. Be well

  37. MP says – reply to this


    That is so very sad.

  38. 38

    Thats really sad! I loved his book. He seems like such a good man. I hope he turns out ok. I'll keep him in my prayers :(

  39. 39

    So sad. This man is truly talented.

  40. 40

    Frank McCourt = awesomeness
    This is sad :(

  41. berli says – reply to this


    After reading way too many posts about Heidi and Spencer, it's nice to read something about someone with true talent. Too bad, it's about him being ill though. He is an extremely talented author. I have read all his books over and over. Praying for you and your family, Frank.

  42. 42

    oh no =[
    such an honest and talented writer!

  43. 43

    Angela's Ashes is my favourite book of all time… I always thought that I would one day get to meet Frank McCourt. I laughed and cried with him many a time… I feel as though he is a part of my family. I love you dearly, Mr. McCourt…

  44. 44

    I love this man's books. Tis' made me laugh my ass off. The Irish are like vampires with the sun being so bad for their fair skin.

  45. Lucas says – reply to this


    Oh, he is just the greatest writer:

    "When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood."

    May he be blessed…


  46. Lucas says – reply to this


    Re: obbie doobie! – Obbie - ya got to get out more. Go to the local library and check out Angela's Ashes. It's a timepiece. Mel

  47. 47

    His books are brilliant. I would recommend Angela's Ashes to anyone.

  48. Lucas says – reply to this


    Re: peelicker – Pee - if PH didn't post this, I would have never known. My mum passed his books down to me, and they are still my favs.

  49. Lucas says – reply to this


    Tis doesn't quite equal the poignancy of Angela's Ashes, but that would be asking the impossible. It allows the remarkable images to continue and that — despite minor flaws — is a gift readers will appreciate.

    It's been awhile — time to dust them off and have a good summer read again!

  50. 50

    It's a shame. I really like his descriptive writing. I always wished he'd written more books. What a childhood he had!