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Arthur Miller Dies

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Feb 11, 2005 | 11:13am EST

Award-winning playwright Arthur Miller has died of heart failure at the age of 89.

Miller died on Thursday evening after a battle with pneumonia, cancer and a heart condition, according to his assistant Julia Bolus.

A statement reads, "Mr. Miller passed away at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut, last night at 9.17 p.m. of congenital heart failure."

Most famous for his Pulitzer Prize-winning play Death of a Salesman, Miller's works criticized the growing fragmentation of American society and concentrated heavily on morality and the family.

But Miller will be remembered just as much for his five-year marriage to screen siren Marilyn Monroe.

In an interview in 1992, Miller described Monroe--whom he divorced in 1961--as "highly self-destructive" adding of their marriage, "All my energy and attention were devoted to trying to help her solve her problems. Unfortunately, I didn't have much success."

British contemporary playwright Harold Pinter has paid tribute to his friend. Describing Miller as a "wonderful chap", Pinter was "absolutely flabbergasted" to learn of his death.

He adds, "He was a great playwright and a great man--and a great friend of mine. His plays are among the finest works that have been produced in the 20th Century.

"But he was also a highly dignified and an extraordinarily formidable man, an independent man. He was so honest and a man of rare integrity in his writing."

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