Noted and beloved crime author Elmore Leonard died on August 20, 2013 from complications following a stroke. He was 87. (Getty Images)
(USA Today) -- Elmore Leonard died Tuesday in the Detroit area from complications following a stroke.
According to his website, he "passed away this morning at 7:15 AM at home surrounded by his loving family."
The writer suffered a stroke on July 29.
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His researcher wrote on Leonard's official 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."
Among Leonard's best-known works are Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk and Rum Punch. Leonard stories include ones that became the films 3:10 to Yuma and The Tall T, as well as the FX TV series, Justified.
Stephen King called New Orleans-born Leonard, who cited Hemingway as an important influence on his work, as "the great American writer."