Legendary Broadway Playwright Neil Simon Dies at 91

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Broadway legend Neil Simon has died.

The lauded playwright, who was regarded as the Great White Way's king of comedy for churning out hit after hit, was 91.

According to reports, Simon was taken off of life support Sunday after a struggle with multiple health issues, including severe kidney disease and dementia.

Though perhaps best known for the Broadway hit "The Odd Couple," for which he won one of his three Tony awards, Simon was tremendously prolific.

Over his lifetime, he penned more than 30 plays. And while he started out in comedy, he proved to have an equal talent for drama.

His play "Lost in Yonkers" won the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Like "The Odd Couple," that award-winning show would go on to also become a Hollywood film.

Among Simon's other well-known works were "The Prisoner of Second Avenue," "The Sunshine Boys" and "Promises, Promises."

Per TMZ, Simon was wed to dancer Joan Baim, who died from cancer 20 years into the marriage.

His second marriage was to Marsha Mason, a union that ended in divorce. Simon's third wife, Diane Lander, would also become his fourth when they married a second time following a divorce.

Since the end of that marriage, Simon had wed actress Elaine Joyce. The two were reportedly still married at the time of Simon's death.

Simon is survived by three children.

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