Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Hollywood author and screenwriter Elmore Leonard, 87, has passed away Tuesday at his home in Detroit, a month after suffering a stroke.
Gregg Sutter, Leonard’s researcher and webmaster, announced via Facebook, “The post I dreaded to write, and you dreaded to read. Elmore passed away at 7:15 this morning from complications from his stroke. He was at home surrounded by his loving family. More to follow.”
The New Orleans-born writer has penned numerous novels since the 50s, which have been adapted into Hollywood films including “Get Shorty,” “Out of Sight,” “Rum Punch” (basis for the film “Jackie Brown”) and “3:10 to Yuma.”
He is noted for his wry humor and gritty realism, and is a marvel in crime fiction, among other genres. Leonard was also said to be very disciplined in his craft, and devoted a fair amount of his time writing daily.
Leonard has been married three times to three different women. He survived by his five children, all from his first marriage, Jane, Peter, Chris, Bill and Kate, 13 grandchildren, and give great-grandchildren.