Bestselling crime novelist Elmore Leonard has died
at the age of 87. His death was announced on his website which had this notice: "Elmore passed away this morning at 7:15 AM at home surrounded by his loving family. More to follow."
Leonard had suffered a stroke last month and was hospitalized in Detroit. His researcher, Gregg Sutter, said that his family was "guardedly optimistic" at the time. But he suffered a turn for the worse. Leonard had been working on his 46th novel when he was taken ill. A National Book Foundation lifetime achievement winner,
Leonard wrote many books and short stories that were adapted into movies including Hombre, Get Shorty, Out of Sight
and Jackie Brown
. The current F/X hit, Justified
, starring Timothy Olyphant, is based on his novella, Fire in the Hole
. Leonard worked with the writers of the show to coordinate the storyline with the new novel he was working on.
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