The openly gay author and playwright Edward Albee has died at the age of 88.

Edward Albee
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Best known for his works of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The American Dream, American playwright and author Edward Albee has died at the age of 88. He died in his New York home. He was a three times Pulitzer Prize winner.

The news of his death was announced by his assistant on Friday, with no cause of death revealed.


Born in 1928 Albee became a well-known playwright after his play The Zoo Story was staged in Berlin. However it wasn’t until Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf that Albee had really struck gold.

He was an openly gay writer who revealed that he knew he was gay from the age of 12, but did not want to be known as a “gay writer”. He survived his longtime partner, Jonathan Thomas, who was a sculptor,  and who died on May 2, 2005, from bladder cancer. They had been partners since 1971.

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