Vice President Biden, Ireland Funds lead U.S. reaction to Seamus Heaney’s death

President Bill Clinton and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney at The Ireland Funds 2012 Conference at which Seamus Heaney received The Ireland Funds Lifetime Achievement Award.

Belfast's Lyric Theatre tweeted, "The Lyric Theatre is deeply saddened that Seamus Heaney, our long-term friend and supporter, has passed away."

Damien Smith, head of literature and drama at the Northern Ireland Arts Council said: "Those closest to him also include vast numbers of people from right across the globe who read his poetry from his first book when it appeared in the mid-60s.

"He will be remembered in artistic terms as among the very great poets."