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‘The Name of the Rose’ author Umberto Eco dead at 84

Italian novelist and philosopher Umberto Eco, who is best known for his 1980 novel "The Name of the Rose", has died at his home in Italy, his family says. He was 84.

Eco passed away at his home in Italy at about 10:30 p.m. local time on Friday, his family said. Other details, such as the cause of death, were not immediately released, but the author was known to be suffering from cancer.

Eco is best remembered for his 1980 historical mystery novel "Il nome della rosa," which was translated into English in 1983 and released under the name "The Name of the Rose." The book told the story of a historical murder mystery at an Italian monastery.

His other novels include "Foucault's Pendulum", "The Island of the Day Before", and "The Prague Cemetery".

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