Elmore Leonard Dies; Acclaimed Writer was 87

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Elmore Leonard, the beloved writer behind numerous books and short stories that have been turned into Hollywood fare, passed away today at his home in Detroit.

He was 87 years old.

The author suffered a stroke three weeks ago and his death was confirmed this morning by his researcher via the following Facebook message:

"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."

Among Elmore Leonard's writings that have been turned into television shows or movies are: Out of Sight, Be Cool, 3:10 to Yuma and Justified.

Leonard was born in New Orleans but has resided in Detroit for the past 34 years. We send our condolences to his friends and family members.

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