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Poet Seamus Heaney dies

Irish poet and playwright Seamus Heaney, who won the Nobel Prize for literature, has died aged 74, according to BBC News.

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Bill Clinton: Heaney was ' a powerful voice for peace'

Bill Clinton paid tribute to the late poet Credit: PA

Former US president Bill Clinton praised Seamus Heaney as "our finest poet of the rhythms of ordinary lives" and a "powerful voice for peace" in a tribute tonight.

Mr Clinton and his wife Hillary said they were saddened to learn of the death of their "friend".

"Both his stunning work and his life were a gift to the world.

"His mind, heart, and his uniquely Irish gift for language made him our finest poet of the rhythms of ordinary lives and a powerful voice for peace.

"And he was a good and true friend," the Clintons said.

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