Nobel Prize-nominated poet and screenwriter Valeri Petrov has died, aged 94.

Petrov, real name Valeri Nissim Mevorah, passed away on Wednesday (27Aug14) at Sofia Military Hospital in his native Bulgaria. He had been in a coma for several days after suffering a major stroke.

He published his first poem at the age of 15 and released a number of collections over his career. He was also a presenter of Radio Sofia in 1944 and became a war correspondent for a national newspaper.

He received a Nobel Prize nomination for Literature and translated the entire works of William Shakespeare into Bulgarian.

Petrov also wrote novels, plays, and film scripts, including the 2008 drama The Fall.