WASHINGTON (AFP).- Canadian author WP Kinsella -- who wrote the novel that inspired the hit film "Field of Dreams"-- has died, his literary agency said. He was 81.
"WP (Bill) Kinsella has passed away at the age of 81," the Swayze Agency said in a statement published late Friday night on its website, without elaborating on the cause of death.
"He was a unique, creative and outrageously opinionated man."
Canadian media said the writer had opted to end his own life under the country's physician-assisted suicide law, which passed in June.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1935, William Patrick Kinsella's famous 1982 magic realist novel "Shoeless Joe" centers on a farmer in Iowa who hears a voice telling him to create a baseball field among his corn crops.
The book was the prototype for the 1989 film "Field of Dreams" starring Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones that earned three Academy Award nominations and is widely considered an American classic.
Kinsella wrote nearly 30 books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, according to his agency, and his final work of fiction "Russian Dolls" is slated for publication in 2017.
Throughout his literary career, Kinsella received a number of awards, including the Order of Canada, one of the country's top honors.
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