Legendary Hollywood writer and crime novelist Elmore Leonard, whose "Fire in the Hole" inspired the popular FX series, "Justified," has died at 87.
According to Leonard's longtime researcher Gregg Sutter, who updated the author's Facebook page Tuesday morning, "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."
The celebrated author suffered a stroke three weeks ago.
Born in New Orleans in 1925 and raised in Detroit since age 9, Leonard later became one of the most celebrated American crime novelists ever. The best-selling writer of quirky, imaginative con men and killers was dubbed by admirers as the "Dickens of Detroit." He had written 45 novels and was in the process of working on No. 46, Sutter says.
Leonard's most notable works include "Out of Sight," "Get Shorty" and "Be Cool" - novels that were later made into films. The writer most recently served as the executive producer of FX series, "Justified," which is entering its fifth season on the network.
In 2012, the National Book Foundation honored the novelist with a lifetime achievement medal for "distinguished contribution to American letters," allowing Leonard to join a group including Arthur Miller and Toni Morrison.