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Peter Shaffer, 'Amadeus' and 'Equus' playwright and Oscar winner, dies at 90

Peter Shaffer, 'Amadeus' and 'Equus' playwright and Oscar winner, dies at 90

Peter Shaffer, the Academy Award-winning British playwright whose stage dramas "Amadeus" and "Equus" were turned into acclaimed movies, has died. He was 90.

Shaffer died early Monday at the Marymount hospice in County Cork, Ireland, according to a statement from his agents at Macnaughton Lord Representation in London. He was traveling in Ireland with friends and family to celebrate his birthday last month.

Shaffer experienced a short illness, the agency said, but it didn't provide a cause of death. 

Shaffer achieved his greatest popular success with "Amadeus," his account of the rivalry between composers Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang...

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