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Israeli writer Amos Oz (79) died

The Israeli writer Amos Oz died on Friday at the age of 79. The author, known for his novel A Story of Love and Darkness, died of the effects of cancer.

That confirms his daughter Fania Oz-Salzberger on Twitter. "My beloved father, Amos Oz, a great family man, author and a man of moderation, died today after a short battle with cancer," she writes.

"After a rapid decline, he died in his sleep, surrounded by lovers, may his good legacy continue to change the world."

Oz was born in 1939 in Jerusalem. In 1998 he won the Israel Prize for Literature and in 2013 the Franz Kafka Literature Prize. He was also often mentioned as a contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Until 2005 he was professor of Hebrew literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. According to his British publisher, his book My Michael was one of the hundred best-selling books in the last century.

The autobiographical A story of love and darkness from 2002, about Oz 's youth in the early days of the state of Israel, was filmed in 2015 under the direction of actress Natalie Portman.

The author married in 1960 and has three children.

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