Terrence McNally, a revered American playwright, librettist, and screenwriter whose long career earned him four Tony awards and an Emmy, died following coronavirus complications. He was 81 years old.

McNally’s publicist said in a statement sent to the AFP news agency that the esteemed artist was a lung cancer survivor who lived with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He died while hospitalized in Florida.

An openly gay writer whose subject matter included love, homophobia and AIDS, McNally’s notable plays included “Love! Valor! Compassion!” and “Master Class”, along with the musicals “Kiss of the Spider Woman” and “Ragtime”.