V.S. Naipaul, the Trinidad-born Nobel laureate who won the Nobel Prize in literature, has died at the age of 85 on Saturday, August 11, at his London home, multiple sources have confirmed.
Mr. Naipaul’s death was confirmed by his wife, Nadira Naipaul who said her husband was “a giant in all that he achieved and he died surrounded by those he loved having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavor.”
An editor of The Mail on Sunday, Geordie Greig, who was also a close friend of the late author, says his death leaves a "gaping hole in Britain's literary heritage", but there is "no doubt" that his "books live on".
The cause of death of Naipaul is not revealed yet, however, according to his friend and fellow author Paul Theroux, he had been in poor health prior to his death, but had taken pride in having his work recognized.
During a telephone interview with The Associated Press, he said,
He will go down as one of the greatest writers of our time. He also never wrote falsely. He was a scourge of anyone who used a cliché or an un-thought out sentence. He was very scrupulous about his writing, very severe, too.
Naipaul was a twice-married man; his first wife was Patricia Ann Hale Naipaul, whom he got married in January 1955. The had first met in 1950 when Naipaul went to study on a scholarship at the University of Oxford.
They were married for 11 years until the Patricia passed away in 1996. Shortly after the death of his first wife, Naipaul went on to marry a divorced Pakistani journalist, Nadira Khannum Alvi (Nadira Naipaul).
Rest In Peace V.S. Naipaul!