Writer Elmore Leonard dead at 87

Writer Elmore Leonard dead at 87

Famed Hollywood writer Elmore Leonard died on Tuesday after suffering a stroke on July 29. He was 87.

Best known for “Get Shorty,” “Out of Sight” and most-recently the FX series “Justified,” Leonard was surrounded by his family at the time of his death, his agent told FOX411.

“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,” read a Facebook post by Gregg Sutter, Leonard’s researcher and webmaster, who administers his Facebook account.

Leonard first rose to fame with the release of his Western-themed novels. His works The “Tall T” and “3:10 to Yuma” were adapted into films. Among Leonard’s best-known books turned into movies are “Hombre” and “Rum Punch,” which was filmed as “Jackie Brown.” His short stories were also turned into several films.

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