Angela’s Ashes creator McCourt dies

The Irish writer, whose book was made into a hit movie, had been battling melanoma skin cancer in a New York hospice, but his condition took a turn for the worse when he contracted meningitis earlier this month (Jul09).

His brother, veteran actor Malachy McCourt, said his sibling died on Sunday (19Jul09) afternoon in Manhattan.

Speaking last week (beg13Jul09), Malachy admitted he wasn’t expecting the scribe to get through his illness, saying, “We don’t expect him to live very long. He got meningitis and that screwed up the whole thing. (Until then) he was doing okay, speaking and lecturing and appearing and signing and doing all the usual stuff.

McCourt won a Pulitzer Prize for Angela’s Ashes in 1996, which he wrote after retiring from his job as an English teacher.

His other works include Teacher Man and Tis.