Legendary American playwright Arthur Miller died of heart failure on Thursday. He was 89-years-old.

Mr. Miller won acclaim and awards for his plays, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Death of a Salesman, which opened on Broadway in 1949.

His two dozen plays put a strong emphasis on family, morality and personal responsibility. Critics praised his keen social conscience.

That conscience was tested in the 1950's when he was called before a congressional committee investigating alleged communist influence in arts circles. Despite pressure, Mr. Miller refused to reveal the names of his left-wing friends.

Mr. Miller was married several times, and one of his wives was film star Marilyn Monroe.

American playwright, Arthur Miller, dead at 89.

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