Italian writer Umberto Eco, who is best known for his philosophical and detective novel The Name of the Rose, passed away on Friday, according to Italian media.

He died late on Friday at his home in northern Italy. Eco taught at the University of Bologna, and was a columnist for Espresso newspaper.

His novel The Name of the Rose describes in detail the life in a monastery of the 14th century, as well as philosophical and religious controversies of that time. In 1986, the novel was made into a movie by director Jean-Jacques Annaud. Starring actors are Sean Connery and Christian Slater.

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