Elie Wiesel Dead at 87

7/2/2016 1:33 PM PDT

Elie Wiesel, Dead at 87

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Holocaust survivor, renowned author and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel has died. 

Israel's Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem announced Wiesel's passing Saturday. Reports say the 87-year-old died at his home in Manhattan.

Wiesel became a literary witness for the six million Jews killed in World War II. He went on to write dozens of books about his experiences in concentration camps and became a voice for survivors. In 1986 Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work and was called a "messenger to mankind."

Wiesel was best known for his novel "Night" which was based on his experiences in several concentration camps including Auschwitz.