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Erich Segal, author of the novel 'Love Story' that was made into the 1970 Oscar-winning film starring Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw, has died, according to the Associated Press and the BBC. He was 72.

Segal's daughter, Francesca Segal, said her father died Sunday at his London home from a heart attack and a funeral was held Tuesday. He had suffered from Parkinson's disease for many years. Erich Segal, author of the novel 'Love Story' that was made into the 1970 Oscar-winning film starring Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw, has died, according to the Associated Press and the BBC. He was 72.

Segal's daughter, Francesca Segal, said her father died Sunday at his London home from a heart attack and a funeral was held Tuesday. He had suffered from Parkinson's disease for many years.

Segal was a classics professor at Yale University when he wrote "Love Story," about a young couple dealing with love and bereavement. The film -- with the tagline "Love means never having to say you're sorry" -- was nominated for seven Oscars, including Segal's screenplay, and won for best original score.

New York-born Segal also was one of the writers on the screenplay for the Beatles' animated 'Yellow Submarine.'

Segal is survived by his wife, Karen James, and daughters Francesca and Miranda.