Saint Lucian poet and playwright, the Honourable Sir Derek Alton Walcott, died at his home at Cap Estate this morning, a family friend has confirmed.
Walcott, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1992, had been ailing for some time and had been on a dialysis machine, the family friend told the Times.
According to the friend, the man who had been described as the world’s greatest living poet had been hospitalised for some time and was released recently.
He made his debut at the age of 18 with – 25 Poems, but it was with the publication of his collection of poems “In a Green Night’ in 1962 that he made a breakthrough.
Walcott was educated at St Mary’s College and the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.
He moved to Trinidad in 1953 where he worked as a theatre and art critic and founded the Trinidad Theatre Workshop.
Walcott was Professor of Poetry at the University of Essex from 2010 to 2013.
He also taught literature and creative writing at Boston University.
His works included the epic poem, Omeros which has been hailed as the poet’s greatest achievement.
Walcott won many literary prizes during his career.
He was born on January 23, 1930.