According to news just coming in, Sir Derek Walcott died about 7:45 AM this morning with family at his bedside. He had been in ill health for some time.
He was an esteemed poet and playwright and received the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was Professor of Poetry at the University of Essex from 2010 to 2013.
More information on the life and times of Sir Derek Walcott coming soon.