Crime novelist Elmore Leonard dies at age 87

Crime novelist Elmore Leonard dies at age 87

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Elmore Leonard was given an honorary National Book Award last year. Elmore Leonard was given an honorary National Book Award last year.
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) -

Elmore Leonard, the acclaimed crime novelist and longtime Michigan resident, has died. He was 87 years old.

His researcher, Gregg Sutter, says Elmore passed away Tuesday morning from complications from a stroke he suffered late last month.

A post found on his Facebook page this morning read: "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."

Leonard, a longtime Bloomfield Township resident, wrote 45 Westerns, crime novels and mysteries.

Many of his books -- notably "Out of Sight," "Get Shorty" and "Be Cool" -- have become films. "Life of Crime," based on Leonard's "The Switch," is to be screened at the Toronto Film Festival next month.

More recently, he served as executive producer of the FX drama, "Justified," which featured as its centerpiece U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, a recurring Leonard character.

Leonard was given an honorary National Book Award last year.

- The Associated Press contributed to this story

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