FILE - In a Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 file photo, Italian writer Umberto Eco gestures as he speaks during a press conference at the 25th Annual Book Fair in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)
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Italian author Umberto Eco, a philosopher who wrote best-selling novels including "The Name of the Rose", has died at 84, Italian media said Saturday, quoting his family.Eco, who had been suffering from cancer, passed away at his home late Friday, La Repubblica said on its website. Eco was born on Jan. 5, 1932, at Alessandria in the northern Italian region of Piedmont.Eco was appointed professor of semiotics at Bologna University in the 1970s and published a treatise laying out his theories.A gothic murder mystery set in an Italian medieval monastery, it combines semiotics, biblical analysis, medieval studies and literary theory.
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