Bulgarian poet Valeri Petrov dies

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Valeri Petrov, Bulgaria's most prominent contemporary poet and a former Nobel Prize nominee who translated the complete works of Shakespeare in verse, has died at age 94.

His family said that Petrov died Wednesday in a Sofia hospital from a stroke.

Valeri Nissim Mevorah, better known by his pen-name, Valeri Petrov, was born on April 22, 1920 in Sofia to a Jewish father and Bulgarian mother.

Besides poems, novels and translations from Russian, Italian and English, Petrov is also the author of numerous film scripts and plays — both for adults and children.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

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