UPDATED: Sir Derek Walcott dies

Saint Lucian noble Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott.

Saint Lucian noble Nobel Laureate Sir Derek Walcott.

Sir Derek Walcott KCSL OBE OCC passed away at his home about 7:30 a.m. today after a prolonged illness.

He was 87.

His daughters Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw and Anna Walcott-Hardy confirmed his death in a press release dispatched this morning.

“Derek Alton Walcott, poet, playwright, and painter died peacefully today, Friday 17th March, 2017, at his home in Cap Estate, Saint Lucia. He was 87 years old and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. The funeral will be held in Saint Lucia and details will be announced shortly,” the release states.

Walcott was a Saint Lucian poet and playwright. He received the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was Professor of Poetry at the University of Essex from 2010 to 2013.

His works include the Homeric epic poem Omeros (1990), which many critics view “as Walcott’s major achievement.”

In addition to having won the Nobel, Walcott has won many literary awards over the course of his career, including an Obie Award in 1971 for his play Dream on Monkey Mountain, a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award, a Royal Society of Literature Award, the Queen’s Medal for Poetry, the inaugural OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature the 2011 T. S. Eliot Prize for his book of poetry White Egrets and the Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry Lifetime Recognition Award in 2015.

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32 comments

  1. U make da country proud by all u done an created here.in da country and da world...DaLord has call on u.peace b with u.May Ur Soul Rest In Perfect Peace.Sir walcott.

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  2. Its with a heavy heart that I extend to Elizabeth, and the entire Walcott family my sincere condolences, and heartfelt sympathy on the passing of the late great Sir Walcott, my he Rest In Peace, in the company of the Saints.

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  3. I am heart broken to learn of the death of such an great national icon. He has inspired many to success. God bless his family as they go through this period of mourning. He will be dearly missed for his invaluable contribution to mankind. He was a true son of St Lucia and made us proud.

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  4. Yes our hero of St Lucia ?? rest in peace ✌

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  5. Rest in peace our "Great One". You made the Fairies of the Isle , so proud. Dust we are and unto dust we shall return. Amen

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  6. Death has a way of alerting us to what we had...we have lost a treasure..... Sir Derek will live on in our memories in our schools in everything that we endeavor to do ... May God grant him eternal peace

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  7. Wow! - all of our ICONS seems to be leaving us. The good people slowly departing this life. Deepest condolences Elizabeth and Anna. May his soul rest in perfect peace with his God.

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  8. RIP to a St. Lucian ICON. May your soul rest in perfect peace and may your work live on forever.

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  9. RIP #LEGEND

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  10. Rest in perfect #LEGEND

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  11. sigh!!

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  12. GOOSE BUMPS ALL OVER MY BODY READING THE NEWS...MAY YOU REST IN PERFECT PEACE SIR....WE HAVE LOST A GREAT SON OF THE SOIL....YOUR LEGACY WILL LIVE ON..

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  13. As the Maestro said in The Spoiler's Return, "Tell Desperadoes when you reach the hill,
    I decompose, but I composing still".
    It is said: If you are remembered, you have not died. Long live the Laureate.

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  14. A great man indeed, may his soul rest in peace.

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  15. May the great man rest in peace. One of two St Lucian Nobel Laureates

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  16. RIP

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  17. Today should be designated as a day of mourning 🙁

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  18. I am crying this one really hurts! Wow!

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  19. Rip Mr Walcott your time for doing good on earth had ended..and thanks for making our country proud.your legacy will live on fly with the angels in heaven you will be dearly missed by all. May your good soul rest in perfect peace .I m in tears rite now....

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  20. By far the most popular St. Lucian of all time. He did his bit and will be recorded as one of the greatest achievers of the entire world. A proud moment in his birth, a prouder moment in his achievement, and although deeply sadden, we remain proudest in his death. This may be used as a catalyst in uniting the country. Lets all unite and represent THE HONORABLE SIR DEREK WALCOTT.

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  21. Your work here on earth has ended. Now, spread your wings and fly into the arms of your maker. Your journey was inspiring to many of us and your legacy will live on. May you rest in perfect peace.

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  22. St, Patricks Day will never be the same again in St.Lucia.

    A true son of the soil.
    Your work & Heritage lives on.

    RIP

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  23. wahh i feel so sad but yet happy and proud on so much he has accomplished for st lucia , st lucians and himself. it just saddens me that all the great guys who made st lucia what it is for the best are going away and preety soon there will be none left. not even the new guys now can and will be able to walk in their shoes. mr walcott thanks for what you did R.I.P

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  24. Oh My God

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  25. A sad day in St.lucian History
    Rip

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  26. RASTA GOVERNMENT.

    RIP to a very honerable man...you made your country proud.the maker has called upon you for your works on earth has been accomplish..i just hope your country made you proud. From ashes we came and to dust we shall go...no doubt u were the most prolific st.lucian alive and its sad we havent seen no one worthy to void that position.

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  27. Rest In Peace Sir Walcott

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  28. Your legacy lives on, thank God u knew of ur worth b4 u passed.

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  29. Wow, I am taken aback at this news. It is easy to take for granted our presence on this earth and of others...

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