The author of a 1970s novel that created a sensation and flew off bookstore shelves died of a heart attack Sunday in London, reports The New York Times.
Erich Segal, 72, wrote “Love Story,” about a Harvard student’s romance with a Radcliffe student, which started out as a movie script and was fashioned into a best-selling 1970 novel that later that year was adapted into a blockbuster motion picture.
Segal followed up with a sequel to the novel in 1977, "Oliver’s Story," and the screenplay for the subsequent movie version.
He was also co-writer of the screenplay for the Beatles’ movie “Yellow Submarine” and served as script supervisor on numerous European productions, including a French TV series.
Segal also was a classics scholar who taught at Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Oxford universities.
He had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for 25 years.
— Tom Gilbert