Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright AUGUST WILSON died on Sunday (02OCT05) of liver cancer. He was 60.

Wilson died at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, only four months after (JUN05) he was diagnosed with the disease in an advanced stage.

Wilson wrote 10 critically-acclaimed plays about 20th century life for African-Americans, including GEM OF THE OCEAN and THE PIANO LESSON.

The writer admitted in August (05) he had only months to live, but declared "I've lived a blessed life. I'm ready."