Elmore Leonard hospitalized: 'Justified' author suffered a stroke

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Novelist Elmore Leonard has been hospitalized after a stroke. The writer, whose works inspired "Justified" as well as several movies, entered a hospital in the Detroit area on Monday, July 29.

The Detroit News reports that Gregg Sutter, Leonard's research assistant, made a statement on the writer's condition this Monday (Aug. 5). "Elmore had a stroke," Sutter said in a statement. "It happened a week ago, last Monday. He's doing better every day, and the family is guardedly optimistic. He's showing great spirit. He's a fighter, and we're glad to see that."

No further information is available about the health of the 87-year-old author.

Over a long career, Leonard has published 45 novels, in addition to multiple shorter works. One of those works, a novella called "Fire in the Hole," was the basis for the FX series, "Justified." A fan of the show, Leonard later wrote an entire novel based on the main character, "Raylan," published in 2012.

Other projects based on Leonard stories include "Get Shorty," "Jackie Brown," "Out of Sight" and "Hombre." The writer was reportedly working on a 46th novel at the time of his stroke.

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