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Fiddler on the Roof writer dies

Stein passed away at a medical centre in Manhattan on Sunday (24Oct10) after suffering complications from a fall. He had also been battling prostate cancer, reports the Associated Press.

His greatest success came after transforming a short story into the hit Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof, for which he won two Tony Awards. He also had a hand in adapting the production for the big screen.

Stein wrote the storylines for several other musicals, including Zorba, Mr. Wonderful and Plain and Fancy.

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He is survived by his wife, Elisa Stein.

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