Leonard, Elmore: Novelist (Get Shorty, Out of Sight) Dies at 87

Aug 20, 2013–Elmore Leonard, the novelist whose works have been turned into TV shows and movies, died Tuesday of complications from a stroke. He was 87.

Leonard had suffered the stroke last month and had been recovering in a Detroit-area hospital. Leonard’s long-time researcher, Gregg Sutter, told the Detroit News that Leonard was home and surrounded by family when he passed. Leonard had been hard at work on his 46th novel.

Leonard’s works were adapted into movies such as “Out of Sight,” “3:10 to Yuma,” “Jackie Brown,” “Get Shorty” and the TV show “Justified.”

“Life of Crime,” which is based on Leonard’s novel “The Switch,” is closing night of the Toronto Film Fest in September. The movie stars Jennifer Aniston, Mos Def, Tim Robbins and Isla Fisher.