Pulitzer Prize winner John Updike has died at the age of 76, suffering from lung cancer. He was a prolific writer, completing 50 books during his long career.
Updike's first novel, The Poorhouse Fair, was published in 1959, followed the next year by Rabbit, Run, introducing his most enduring, if not endearing, character, Harold "Rabbit" Angstrom.
Among many accolades, John Updike, left, won the National Book Award in 1963 for his novel The Centaur, and critical acclaim continued.
But he gained popular success with Couples, published in 1968, a tale of adultery among middle-class couples in a small New England town.
He was twice married and had four children. He died in a hospice near his home in Massachusetts, US.
He said of his subject matter: "I try to make interesting narratives out of ordinary life by obscure and average Americans."