Erich Segal, an Ivy League classics scholar who was best known for his bestselling novel Love Story, died Sunday in London. The Associated Press reported that the cause of death was a heart attack. Love Story chronicled the three-hankie romance between a well-to-do Harvard student and a free-spirited Radcliffe co-ed on scholarship who dies young. It was turned into a hit movie in 1970 starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw. The film was nominated for seven Oscars and coined the pop culture catchphrase: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” The male character was later rumored to be based on one-time Harvard undergraduate, Al Gore, but Segal denied the claim. Segal wrote several other books, including a sequel to Love Story, titled Oliver’s Story. He also co-wrote the screenplay for the trippy 1968 Beatles’ film Yellow Submarine.

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