Heaney's final words were a text message to his wife Marie, "Noli timere", don't be afraid.
Heaney's death was mourned throughout Ireland. Tributes were paid on radio and television from politicians, writers and fans, painting a picture of a kind man who gave generously of his time to the public. A packed stadium applauded him at the All-Ireland football semi-final in Croke Park in Dublin. Even after he had been buried in Bellaghy in his native Derry, mourners continued to visit his grave.
The last word on Heaney goes to Dennis O'Driscoll, his friend and fellow-poet who died in 2012. In an introduction broadcast on radio in 2004, O'Driscoll describes the poetry of "a soul fostered alike by beauty and by fear".
Mary Robinson pays tribute to Seamus Heaney following the announcement of his death.
Heaney's funeral mass is held in Dublin followed by burial in his native Derry.
Hundreds sign books of condolences while fellow-poets pay tribute to Heaney.
Literary critic Harold Bloom on Heaney's place in the pantheon of poets.
Croke Park applauds Heaney at the All-Ireland football semi-final.
Danny Quinn describes a late-night visit to Heaney's grave.
An introduction to Seamus Heaney given by fellow-poet Dennis O'Driscoll in 2004.