Italian author Umberto Eco dead at 84

Italian author Umberto Eco dead at 84
Posted at 10:01 PM, Feb 19, 2016

ROME (AP) — Italian author Umberto Eco, best known for the international best-seller "The Name of the Rose," has died.

Spokeswoman Lori Glazer of Eco's American publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, told The Associated Press that Eco died Friday at age 84. She could not immediately confirm the cause of death or where he died.

"The Name of the Rose," a murder mystery set in the 14th century, was published in 1980 and caught on with readers worldwide. His other books included "Foucault's Pendulum," ''The Prague Cemetery" and "The Island of the Day Before."