On Tuesday Terrence McNally, a gay Tony award-winning playwright died of coronavirus complications aged 81 CNN reports.
In 2019, McNally, who had survived lung cancer, was awarded the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. Previously he’d won two Tony Awards for Ragtime (1998) and Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993).
He won two more for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class.
McNally was also behind dozens of other works such as the musicals Anastasia and The Full Monty, and Mothers and Sons, a play about a mother whose son died of AIDS.
McNally, who was married to Broadway producer Tom Kirdahy, was open about his sexuality and often wrote about the lives of gay men in his plays.
Actors George Takei and Mark Hamill paid tribute to McNally on Twitter.
Takei said McNally was a “legend among legends on Broadway.”
While Hamill quoted McNally “‘A lot of people stop learning in life and that’s their tragedy.’ – Terrence McNally, one of the most brilliant and prolific playwrights… EVER.”
McNally passed away in hospital at Sarasota Florida.