Chinua Achebe, Nigerian author of the classic 1958 novel "Things Fall Apart," has died at the age of 82, officials said.
A spokesman for the government of Anambra state in southeastern Nigeria confirmed Achebe had died, the BBC reported Friday.
There was no immediate word on the cause of the celebrated writer's death or his location.
South African writer and Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer has described Achebe as the "father of modern African literature" and he was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for his body of work in 2007, the BBC said.
The writer and academic was paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair after a 1990 car crash.
Most Popular Stories
- Obama Administration Releases Proposal to Regulate For-Profit Colleges
- Some California Cities Seeking Water Independence
- FDIC Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Banks Allegedly Hurt by Libor Scandal
- Apple, HP, Intel May Take a Hit from Slowdown in Smartphone Sales Growth
- SoCalGas Reaches Record Spend on Diversity Suppliers
- Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx Marries Model Courtney Bingham
- Chinese e-Commerce Giant Alibaba Gears for IPO in U.S.
- Will Missing Malaysian Jet Prompt Aviation System Change?
- Obama Seeks to Stay Neutral in CIA-Senate Conflict
- GM Recall Poses First Major Test for New CEO