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Literature Nobel laureate Derek Walcott sits inside the library of Oviedo's University March 21, 2006. ― Reuters picLiterature Nobel laureate Derek Walcott sits inside the library of Oviedo's University March 21, 2006. ― Reuters picST LUCIA, March 17 — Poet Derek Walcott, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992, died at his home in St. Lucia today aged 87, a spokesman for his publisher said.

Jeff Seroy, a spokesman for publisher Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, said St. Lucia-born Walcott died shortly after 5am today. The cause of death was not immediately known, but Seroy said Walcott had been ill for some time and had recently returned home from a hospital stay.

His longtime companion, Sigrid Nama, was with him at the time of his death, Seroy said. — Reuters

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