Broadway playwright Terrence McNally has died from coronavirus complications

Telegraph reporters
Terrence McNally was known for Master Class, Ragtime, The Ritz, and other plays and musicals on Broadway - AP

The four-time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally has died of complications due to coronavirus at the age of 81.

McNally, a lung cancer survivor who suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, died today at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida.

McNally was known for popular plays and musicals including Master Class, Ragtime, The Ritz, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Full Monty, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Rink and And Things That Go Bump in the Night.

His more recent productions include Anastasia and Mothers and Sons, and, last year, he earned the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. 

He was an openly gay writer who addressed homophobia and AIDS in his work.

He is survived by his husband, Tom Kirdahy, whom he wed in 2003 in a civil union ceremony followed by a 2010 wedding.