Stein died at a medical centre from complications after a fall, his wife Elisa said, reports the BBC. The writer had been in hospital suffering from prostate cancer. Stein, who won a Tony Award for his work on Fiddler, wrote the story for nearly a dozen other musicals including Zorba and Mr Wonderful.
He also wrote for early radio and for television shows. Stein worked for a star"s including Sid Caesar and Phil Silvers but his biggest hit was 'Fiddler on the Roof", which opened in Broadway in 1964. He wrote many popular books for stage musicals, such as 'Zorba', 'Enter Laughing' and 'The Baker's Wife'.