Legendary crime writer Elmore Leonard died Tuesday surrounded by family at his Michigan home. He was 87.
Leonard had suffered a stroke in late July. The author died from related complications.
The best-selling writer is known for his popular crime novels like “Get Shorty,” “Out of Sight,” and “3:10 to Yuma,” all of which were adapted into movies. However, Leonard rarely approved of the film versions.
The author’s lengthy career spanned 45 novels—all of which he began in longhand on custom-made unlined legal pads which he would later transcribe via typewriter.
“There’s no reason for me to have a computer,” Leonard told the Associated Press during a 2004 interview. “I’ve been writing in longhand for 50 years.”
The crime writer published his first novel, “The Bounty Hunters,” in 1953. His latest, “Raylan” was published in 2012. Leonard won the Peabody award in 2011 and received an honorary National Book Award the following year.
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