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Scottish poet Edwin Morgan dead at 90

Glasgow, Scotland -- Glasgow Poet Laureate Edwin Morgan has died in a nursing facility after a long battle with prostate cancer, his publishers said Thursday. He was 90.

Morgan was appointed Glasgow's first poet laureate in 1999 and was declared "Scots Makar," Scotland's first national poet, in 2004 by then-First Minister Jack McConnell, The Scotsman noted.

"It is with great sadness that Sandstone Press echoes the news of Edwin Morgan's death at his care home in Glasgow, the city which he loved and celebrated throughout his long and creative life," his publisher said on its Web site. "We understand from the poet's close friend and biographer, James McGonigal, that Edwin Morgan's health had recently taken a downturn. Our thoughts are with James and his own family, and with Edwin Morgan's many colleagues and close friends in the arts."

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