Elmore Leonard dies; 'Justified' author was 87

elmore-leonard-dies.jpg Elmore Leonard, the writer behind "Get Shorty," "Out of Sight" and "Justified," has passed away after suffering a stroke three weeks ago, the author's researcher Gregg Sutter writes on Leonard's Facebook page.

" 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," reads the post on Facebook.

Leonard was born in 1925 in New Orleans, but moved to Detroit in 1934 with his family and has lived there ever since. He has had a prolific writing career, publishing 45 novels and currently working on his 46th, plus numerous short stories.

Dozens of his novels have been adapted for the large and small screen, most recently his popular character of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens from novels "Pronto" and "Riding the Rap" and short story "Fire in the Hole," on the FX series "Justified." In fact, Leonard so enjoyed the TV series version of his characters that it inspired his 2012 novel "Raylan."

The author is survived by
five children, including son Peter, who is also an author; 12 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
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