American playwright Terrance McNally has died from coronavirus complications at age 81.
According to the New York Times, the Tony Award-winning writer died on Tuesday (local time) in a Florida hospital.
McNally was a lung cancer survivor who had a chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, his spokesperson Matt Polk confirmed to media.
The Broadway playwright was openly gay and addressed homophobia and AIDS in some of his work. He had 36 plays to his credit, including the musicals Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime. Some of his most well-known plays include Love! Valor! Compassion! and Master Class, which both won him Tony Awards.
Speaking to the LA Stage Times in 2013, McNally said: "I like to work with people who are a lot more talented and smarter than me, who make fewer mistakes than I do, and who can call me out when I do something lazy."