Irish Nobel Poet Seamus Heaney Dies

David Levenson/Getty Images(DUBLIN) -- Nobel prize winner Seamus Heaney died Friday in Ireland, his native country and the subject of many of his poems. Her was 74.

Heaney died prior to an operation at the Blackrock Clinic in Dublin, according to the Irish Times, which called him the "most significant Irish poet of his generation."

Heaney leaves behind 50 years worth of work, including his most famed -- "The Cure at Troy," an adaptation of Sophocles' play.

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