Writer Elmore Leonard died this morning, his researcher, Gregg Sutter, announced on Facebook.
“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,” Mr. Sutter wrote on Mr. Leonard’s timeline.
Mr. Leonard, who wrote well-known westerns and crime novels, received the National Book Award 2012 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
Below is Mr. Leonard’s acceptance speech from last year’s ceremony: