"Fiddler" Author Dies at 98

Published: October 26th 2010
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Joseph Stein

Joseph Stein, the Tony award winning author of Fiddler on the Roof, along with many other Broadway musicals, died in Manhattan on Sunday at the age of 98.


His death, however, was not the result of old age, but rather of a fall causing a fracture to his skull.


According to his son Harry, Stein had suffered many illnesses in the past few years, which he used as fodder for humour.


''He said he got some of his best material on the way to the grave,'' Harry Stein said.  


Fiddler on the Roof opened in 1964. By 1971, it had become Broadway's longest-running musical.


''I do believe in the philosophy of Zorba,'' Stein had said in 2007. ''Life is what you do until the day you die, so you better make use of all of it so you're proud.''


Stein had also earned a degree in social work from Columbia University in 1937 and worked for a decade as a psychiatric social worker.

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