Nobel-prize winning poet Derek Walcott died on the island of St Lucia at the age of 87 on Friday. Walcott’s poetry is known for capturing the essence of his native Caribbean, making him the region's most internationally famous writer.
Walcott died on Friday at his home in St Lucia, according to his son, Peter. The family planned to issue a statement later.
Walcott received the Nobel Prize in literature in 1992 after being shortlisted for the honour for many years. In selecting Walcott, the academy cited the great “luminosity" of his writings including the 1990 Omeros, a 64-chapter Caribbean epic.