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PULITZER Prize winner and best-selling author David McCullough has died at the age of 89.
The world-renowned historian died Sunday at his home in Hingham, Massachusetts, his daughter confirmed to the New York Times.
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His daughter did not reveal the cause of death.
Writer David McCullough dies at 89
In a career that spanned more than five decades, McCullough wrote novels about the creation of the Panama Canal and the Brooklyn Bridge.
Two of McCullough’s most famous works, the presidential biographies of Harry Truman in 1992 and John Adams in 2001, won Pulitzer Prizes and were made into television miniseries.
He also received National Book Awards for 1977’s The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal and Mornings on Horseback, released in 1981.
The Pittsburgh native was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006 by then-President George W. Bush.
At the ceremony, Bush said: “For those who question the importance of history, David likes to quote Harry Truman, who said, ‘The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.’
“David McCullough reminds us that ‘The laws we live by, the freedoms we enjoy, the institutions we take for granted… are all the work of other people who came before us.'”
Co-author Jon Meacham mourned McCullough’s death on Twitter, saying, “A generous man who chose to believe the best about America and Americans. May perpetual light shine on him.”
Code Breaker author Walter Isaacson shared, “His excellence as a writer was matched by his honor, kindness, and sweetness as a human being. He was a consummate storyteller and a gentleman.”
McCullough’s death comes just two months after the death of his wife, Rosalee Barnes, who died at his home on June 9.
Her obituary in MV Times read, “Rosalee was appreciated by those who knew her for her kindness, honesty, optimism, energy, humor, grace, her powerful and balanced mind, and love of conversation.
“She was always productive, helpful to her extended family, she was down to earth, she enjoyed a good party and loved to dance.
“When asked, he always provided great insight and wisdom. He relied on her for her moral compass.”