Long before Taylor Swift told us hers, Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw were Love Story.

Sadly, the man behind the beloved tale, Erich Segal, has written his last page. The author died of a heart attack in his London home on Sunday. He was 72.

His tragically romantic novel Love Story was adapted into the 1970 film, which earned five Golden Globe Awards—including Best Picture, Drama and Best Screenplay for Segal—and seven Oscar nominations.

While he's best known for that film and its sequel, Oliver's Story, Segal also wrote the screenplay for The Beatles' Yellow Submarine. Other best-selling novels include The Class, about the Harvard graduating class of 1958, and Doctors, a Grey's Anatomy-esque story following a group of medical students long after they recite the Hippocratic Oath.

The funeral was held earlier today. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.


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