From the New York Times (“Kurt Vonnegut, Counterculture’s Novelist, Dies“):
Kurt Vonnegut, whose dark comic talent and urgent moral vision in novels like "Slaughterhouse-Five," "Cat’s Cradle" and "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater" caught the temper of his times and the imagination of a generation, died last night in Manhattan. He was 84 and had homes in Manhattan and in Sagaponack on Long Island.
His death was reported by his wife, the author and photographer Jill Krementz, who said he had been hospitalized after suffering irreversible brain injuries as a result of a fall several weeks ago.
I know some people think of Vonnegut as a literary lightweight, and it’s true that his work was somewhat uneven. But reading Cat’s Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five, and Breakfast of Champions was an essential part of my early development as a young reader and writer. He was one of the great originals of our time, and — if I may make a joke of which I think he would have approved — we need more like him.