Shelagh Delaney, who the singer Morrissey lists as among his greatest influences, has died sadly after a battle with cancer. The screenplay writer's death comes just a few days before what would've been her 72nd birthday.
Channel 4 News reports that Delaney was somewhat of a prodigy as a teen, writing the screenplay for her breakthrough play 'A Taste Of Honey' when she was just 18; the play appeared two years later in 1959 - appearing as a film in 1961 and earning Bafta Awards for both Delaney and the film's director Tony Richardson. It had such an affect on former front man of The Smiths, Morrissey that the singer - also born in Salford - had this to say to the NME back in 1986; "I've never made any secret of the fact that at least 50 per cent of my reason for writing can be blamed on Shelagh Delaney", indeed The Smiths went on to use an image of the playwright on their album 'Louder Than Bombs'.
Talking to Channel 4 news, Delaney's agent of the last 15 years - Jane Viliers - said "No word was wasted. Every word meant something. She understood the characters she wrote about." Delaney died whilst at her daughter's home.