DUBLIN, Leinster - Irish writer Seamus Heaney, who won the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature, has died at the age of 74, sources said Friday.
Heaney was awarded the prize "for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past". His family are expected to issue a statement later.
Northern Ireland-born Heaney published his first collection of poems, "Death Of A Naturalist", in 1966 and went on to become one of the English language's leading poets.
Heaney was the professor of poetry at Oxford University between 1989 and 1994.
He is survived by his wife Marie and three children.