Celebrated Trinidadian playwright and journalist Raoul Pantin has died at the age of 71.

The writer passed away on Wednesday (14Jan15).

Pantin began his career as a reporter on local radio in 1962 and went on to write about politics for the Trinidad Daily Mirror, the Trinidad Guardian and the Trinidad Express, for which he became editor.

He also turned author, publishing three non-fiction books about historical events, including Black Power Day and Days of Wrath, which documented Muslim militants' coup attempt in 1990 at the Trinidad and Tobago Television headquarters, where Pantin and others were held hostage for six days.

He also wrote the poetry book Journey and penned six plays, including Hatuey, which has been staged across Trinidad and Tobago.