Frank McCourt, Author of Angela's Ashes May Have Weeks to Live
Frank McCourt, the world-famous author and Pulitzer Prize winner of Angela's Ashes, may only have weeks to live as he battles the deadly skin cancer melanoma and now he has been diagnosed with meningitis.
He is due to turn 79 next month and has been transferred to a hospice.
According to the writer's brother Malachy McCourt, who spoke publicly about his brother's illness in May, the cancer was then in remission following a course of chemotherapy.
Describing his brother as “a hearty fellow” who had survived worse, Mr McCourt, an actor and author, denied several media reports that his brother was on his deathbed.
He received treatment at the Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital in New York and was declared well enough to return to Connecticut, but yesterday he had taken a turn for the worse. He first became unwell during a cruise in the Pacific and spent time in a hospital in Tahiti.
Frank McCourt shot to fame at 56 with the publication of Angela's Ashes in 1996, which was then made in to a movie that garnered worldwide attention.
He followed it up with Tis and then Teacher Man and he recently wrote a children's book called Angela and the Baby Jesus.