Writer Kurt Vonnegut Dies at 84

One of the outstanding figures of modern US literature, Kurt Vonnegut, has died aged 84 in New York. He became a cult figure among students in the 1960s and 1970s with his classics of US counterculture. The pivotal moment of his life was the bombing of Dresden by allied forces in 1945. The experience informed his best-known work, Slaughterhouse Five. He suffered brain injuries after a fall at his home in Manhattan and died on Wednesday, said his wife Jill Krementz

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