Terrence McNally Remembered by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Audra McDonald and More: ‘A Giant in Our World’

Tony award-winning playwright died Tuesday of coronavirus complications

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Stars of the stage and screen gathered on Twitter to share memories of four-time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, who died Tuesday of complications from the coronavirus. He was 81.

“Heartbroken over the loss of Terrence McNally, a giant in our world, who straddled plays and musicals deftly,” said “Hamilton” star Lin-Manuel Miranda. “Grateful for his staggering body of work and his unfailing kindness.”

“My dear sweet brilliant kind Terrence. The world is not nearly as sweet of a place without you in it,” tweeted Broadway star Audra McDonald. “My heart is breaking yet again.”

“Terrence McNally was a legend among legends on Broadway,” wrote “Star Trek” actor George Takei. “If you are an actor, there’s a good chance you have performed one of his works. If not, you surely will in your career, he was that prolific and gifted. Ah, my heart breaks at the news!”

“Oh no- the coronavirus has killed Terrence McNally. Thoughts with his husband, Tom Kirdahy,” wrote “Rosemary’s Baby” star Mia Farrow.

McNally, a lung cancer survivor who lived with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, won back-to-back Tony Awards for his dramas “Love! Valour! Compassion!” (1995) and “Master Class” (1996). He also earned Tonys for the books of the musicals “Kiss of the Spider Woman” (1993) and “Ragtime” (1998).

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