ACCLAIMED poet Seamus Heaney has died aged 74.
A statement issued by his family this morning confirmed his passing.
“The death has taken place of Seamus Heaney. The poet and Nobel Laureate died in hospital in Dublin this morning after a short illness,” the statement read.
Recognised by many as the best Irish poet since WB Yeats, he was a teacher before embarking on a career in poetry which led to him winning the Nobel prize for literature in 1995.