Corona, CA: Playwright of 'Tecumseh!' dies

Allan Eckert, the playwright of the outdoor drama "Tecumseh!" that has drawn millions to central Ohio since 1973, has died.

Anthony Stephens, of the Jesse Stuart Foundation that published many of Eckert's works, says the historian and author died Thursday morning at his home in Corona, Calif. He was 80.

The drama about the Shawnee leader, performed annually in Chillicothe, was adapted from Eckert's book "The Frontiersmen."

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