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Crime fiction icon Elmore Leonard dies

1 of 1 Elmore Leonard - Career spanned seven decades
Elmore Leonard - Career spanned seven decades

Elmore Leonard, one of the most revered and influential writers in the history of crime fiction, has died. The best-selling American author, who was 87, had recently suffered a stroke.

A tweet on Elmore Leonard's Twitter page read: "Elmore passed away this morning at 7:15 AM at home surrounded by his loving family."

Among Elmore Leonard's best-known works are Get Shorty, Out of Sight and Rum Punch, which was filmed as Jackie Brown.

His short stories include ones that became the films 3:10 to Yuma and The Tall T, as well as the TV series, Justified.

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