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Very sad news this morning: According to the author's researcher and webmaster, Gregg Sutter, Elmore Leonard died this morning from complications of a stroke he had in late July. It was reported that the 87-year-old writer had suffered a stroke on July 29, but was still hard at work at his 46th novel.

The prolific Leonard was known for his sharp crime thrillers and Westerns, scads of which have been adapted for TV and film. The Emmy-winning FX show "Justified" is based on his novella "Fire in the Hole," and his short story "3:10 to Yuma" was adapted twice, including the 2007 version by "Wolverine" director James Mangold. Other works of his that have found their way to film are "52 Pickup," "Get Shorty," "Jackie Brown," "Out of Sight," and "Be Cool."

Leonard was celebrated by a number of literary associations, including the National Book Foundation, the PEN Center USA, and the Mystery Writers of America. "Life of Crime," which is based on his novel "The Switch," will be premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

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