Seamus Heaney, Irish Nobel Prize-Winning Poet, Dies at 74
08/30/2013 AT 08:10 AM EDT
Heaney's family and publisher, Faber & Faber, say in a statement that Heaney died Friday in a Dublin hospital.
The Northern Ireland-born Heaney was widely considered Ireland's greatest poet since William Butler Yeats. Over a half-century career he wrote 13 collections of poetry, two plays, four prose works on the process of poetry, and many other works.
He toured universities worldwide following his 1995 Nobel win but curtailed his work following a 2006 stroke.
Funeral arrangements have not been announced.