Elmore Leonard Dead at 87

Crime novelist dies 3 weeks after stroke

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 20, 2013 8:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – Acclaimed crime novelist Elmore Leonard died this morning at his Detroit home, TMZ reports. Leonard, 87, suffered a stroke three weeks ago. The news broke on the author's Facebook page: "The post I dreaded to write, and you dreaded to read," Leonard's researcher wrote. "Elmore passed away at 7:15 this morning from complications from his stroke. He was at home surrounded by his loving family." Dozens of Leonard's works have been made into movies or TV shows, including Get Shorty, 3:10 to Yuma, and Justified.

In this Sept. 17, 2012, file photo is author Elmore Leonard at his Bloomfield Township, Mich., home.
In this Sept. 17, 2012, file photo is author Elmore Leonard at his Bloomfield Township, Mich., home.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
This undated image provided by Chasen & Company shows author Elmore Leonard.
This undated image provided by Chasen & Company shows author Elmore Leonard.   (AP Photos/Chasen & Company, Dermot Cleary)
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