Renowned British novelist Martin Amis has died at the age of 73.

The author died of oesophageal cancer on Friday at his home in Lake Worth, Florida, his wife the writer Isabel Fonseca said.

It was the same disease that killed his close friend, the journalist Christopher Hitchens.

Amis published 15 novels and is best known for his books Money: A Suicide Note and London Fields.

“We are saddened to hear that Martin Amis, one of the most acclaimed and discussed novelists of the past 50 years, has died,” the Booker Prize tweeted.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Amis was the son of the well-known novelist Kingsley Amis, who came to fame with his book Lucky Jim and died in 1995.

Amis was twice listed for the Booker Prize for his novels Time’s Arrow and Yellow Dog. His memoir Experience was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

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