Italian writer Andrea Camilleri passed away in a Rome hospital this morning.
He was 93,
"The ever critical condition of the last days worsened in the last hours compromising vital functions,” the hospital bulletin said.
Andrea Camilleri spent much of his life working as a theatre director, screenwriter and teacher, only becoming a successful and highly prolific writer from his late 60s onwards. He wrote 100 books and his most famous character was cop Commissario Montalbano from Ligata in Sicily.
His 30 books regularly topped Italian best seller lists and were translate in 32 languages. Montalbano was a hit series for Rai 1 reaching breaking record figures in prime time.