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Pulitzer Prize-winner Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes, passed away on Sunday in a New York City hospice

McCourt, 78, had been gravely ill with meningitis and recently was treated for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

So sad.

Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

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63 comments to “R.I.P.”

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    R.I.P the film version of Angelas Ashes is immense (L)

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    A truly gifted writer. Angela's Ashes is one of those books that manages to stay with you years after you've put it down. His talent and the story of his life and family will live on.

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    Very sad to hear of his passing. A very gifted writer and orator he was a great influence on many aspiring writers. Not forgetting that he suffered a traumatic childhood, he wrote about his life with real humor and poignancy
    and I am very proud that he came from the same town as me.
    God Bless Yerself.

  6. 6

    Too bad it's not Perez Hilton with R.I.P. by his name. Asshole Phag.

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    Shit, no. One of my favourite authors and a very nice man, I've met him a good few time. Damn, I'm genuinely upset.

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    Such a terrible loss. He was a truly gifted writer. The hardships he faced in childhood haunt his readers, but at the same time, he presented his story with such life and humor that, as brat93111 said, it manages to stay with you for years after you put it down. He will truly be missed. Now he joins his lost brothers, sister, and parents in Heaven. Erin Go Bragh…

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    I'm so sorry :( I love that book

  10. Suze says – reply to this


    Angela's Ashes was an amazing book. If you haven't read it, go get it today. When I worked in the book publishing industry, I had the pleasure of meeting him a few times. He was a funny, cheerful guy. RIP Frank.

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    Angela's Ashes is my all time favorite book. I savored every single page.
    RIP Mr. McCourt and THANK YOU for telling your story.

  13. 13

    Poor fucker - the movie was brilliant. Made me want to kill myself, but fucking brilliant none the less…

  14. 14

    :-( angelas ashes was a great film, i now plan to read the original book

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    amazing book.. he was an amazing author.. he will always be remembered RIP

  17. 17

    Re: el premio – You know what, Im all for freedom of speech but for gods sake, how inconsiderate do you have to be to come up with this when a genuine talent has died. Grow up.


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    RIP Frank McCourt. I can hear them playing Oh Danny Boy for ye! If you look down you can see the Green, green land of home. Ireland forever!!!

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    I loved Angelas Ashes.

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    R.I.P Author of some amazing amazing stories.

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    Amazing author. I heard a recording of his voice talking about the events in his book. He was spellbinding.

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    RIP Frank McCourt. I must go out and buy all his books now. I am reading mostly dead authors at the moment. Frank was a lot more talented than Neil Gaiman and J.K. Rowling. I miss that man tremendously. I have the movie version of Angela's Ashes at home on DVD. The only living authors I'm reading right now are Judy Blume and Anne Rice. Judy Blume was the other woman who "raised" me. And Anne Rice is simply the best vampire novelist ever.

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    you are not alone,find your soul mate on _cougar matching -co m_ so dont miss the love in your life.

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    That's soooo sad. I loved reading Angelas ashes. He was a gifted writer. R.I.P.

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    So sad. After such a life.

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    Angela's Ashes is by far one of my favorite books, and its truly a tragedy that he has passed, R.I.P

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    Damnit :( I love his books
    Soooo sad

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    I knew Mr. McCourt personally, and I just wanted to say how great and brilliant of a mean he was and he will be missed, but never forgotten for his charming personality, his quick wit and dark yet fantastic sense of humor, and most of all for his great works of literature. Rest in peace Frank McCourt. Your impact on me was catastrophic. Thank you for having faith in me.

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    One of my FAVORITE writers. Such a great story teller. If you've read Angela's Ashes you must read Tis' as well.

  31. minka says – reply to this


    Seemed like a fine man. May he rest in peace.

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    I have read all of his books except Teacher Man..he was such a talented author. He took what was a very tragic childhood & never forgot it, but found a way to put a positive light on it.
    He will be missed.

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    I am so sad to know that Frank McCourt has died! He was such a funny man and was one of the greatest authors of my lifetime! He had such a hard childhood, I hope that when he gets to heaven they give him a nice cushy cloud! God must have wanted a good man to tell him stories!! ANgela's ashes was such a wonderful book, but Tis and Teacher Man was good too!! They are all a must read!! God Bless him and his family!!

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    Thats soo sad. I love his work. :(

  35. 35

    Perez, tell us, which was the last hard-back book you read? c/mon. one that you paid for even.

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    ummm wasn't this posted a few days ago here on this site?

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    My little sister just finished reading Angela's Ashes…..she's not gonna be thrilled to hear this.
    R.I.P. Frank McCourt. :(

  38. 38

    sad. i seriously just reread teacher man this morning.

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    Re: el premio – You're obviously suffering from a mental disorder which makes it hard for you to read what you're responding too. Let me help you with this one. A man DIED. Fans are sharing their kind thoughts. Got it ?

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    I am borderline devastated.

  41. 41

    a news anchor just said "Angelas Asses" on WPLG Miami Channel 10 the reporter was Charles Perez. lol!!!

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    Aww, I loved Frank McCourts books especially 'Tis. He is such a good writer I was once asked "If I could meet any celeb I wanted, who would it be? I replied "Frank McCourt", he seemed to have old style wisdom…he is an inspiration to determination and resilience. I am so sad, I always wished he would write more books:( O well life goes on at least he leaves behind influence and his written words that we have access to!! RIP…

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    Frank McCourt was an amazing writer. RIP. I shouldn't say "was" because one way you live on after passing on is through your art - his art in writing will live on forever.

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    R.I.P. Mr. McCourt!

  45. 45

    How horrible, I had meningitis in 2007 and I can imagine the toll it takes on someone at that age…

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    RIP that was a beautiful book

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    I love his writing! I've never seen the films, so can't say how they turned out, but he is a talented writer. Seems like every star/celebrity I love is dying lately.. how sad..

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    RIP Frank. I met him at a publishing conference and he was such a genuinely sweet and nice man. He'll be missed.

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    He lived such an amazing life. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. A true loss.

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    Perez its hospital not hospice!
    that's something that should not be typed that way
    and doesn't sound right
    Oh! R.I.P whoever this dude is

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    He was a fantastic author. I saw the Angela's Ashes as well but of course it can never compare to his wonderful book. He suffered as a child and suffered at the end of his life. I hope he R.I.P. Erin Go Bragh

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    Re: ScaryLisa – Well Said. God Bless.

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    R.I.P Frank. You will live on through your amazing writing.

  54. ring says – reply to this


    An amazing writer and human being! RIP Mr. McCourt! So sad!

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    I'm so sad to hear this news. As an Irish girl in particular his works really hit home about the hardships suffered in Ireland in his time. He was truly one of the great storytellers and his name will live on. RIP Frank x

  56. Suze says – reply to this


    Re: nelly belly – He DID die in a hospice. "Hospice" is a place where terminally ill people go for care before they die. It's like a hospital/nursing home….but everyone in there has only days or at most a few weeks to live.

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    omg, i loved him. his books were so good. this is awful. ya think some people will never die… :(

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    The world has lost one of its great literary lights. RIP Teacher Man.

  59. 59

    R.I.P… I loved his books, read three of them and they made my cry and laugh at the same time especially 'Tis'. Wonderful author, rest in peace.

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    I read that book my sophomore year of high school. Great book.

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    so so so sad his memoirs are amazing

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    may he rest in peace loved his autographises

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    OMG this is so sad!