Famed playwright and Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Albee has died at the age of 88, his assistant told the Associated Press Friday. The author, perhaps most famous for writing Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, passed away in his home in New York. No other details were released about the circumstances of his death.
Albee won three Pulitzer Prizes during his lengthy career: One for A Delicate Balance in 1967, one for Seascape in 1975, and one for Three Tall Women in 1994. His most well-known work, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf was nominated for a Pulitzer in 1963; however, that nomination was later rescinded after an advisory committee determined that the play was too heavy on profanity and sexual themes.
The play, about the tumultuous home life of a middle-aged married couple, ultimately won a Tony award. It was later adapted into a film with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor; while Albee was initially skeptical Taylor's ability to play the role of Martha, he later said that he was impressed with her performance, and Taylor won an Oscar for the role. The play was revived on Broadway three times; its last iteration, which was directed by Pam McKinnon, won the 2013 Tony for Best Revival.
Albee was given a lifetime achievement Tony in 2005. His cause of death is unknown.