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‘Get Shorty,’ ‘Out of Sight’ Author Elmore Leonard Dead at 87

'Get Shorty,' 'Out of Sight' Author Elmore Leonard Dead at 87

Elmore Leonard, the author best known in the film world for the feature adaptations of his works “Get Shorty,” “Out of Sight,” and “Rum Punch” (which was filmed as “Jackie Brown”), has passed away at 87, three weeks after suffering a stoke.

Gregg Sutter, Leonard’s researcher and webmaster, broke the news of Leonard’s passing on the novelist’s Facebook page, writing that he died surrounded by family in Detroit, the city he’s called home since 1934.

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In addition to the aforementioned books, Leonard is also the writer of the short story “Three-Ten to Yuma,” adapted twice to screen, as well as the creator of the character at the center of FX series “Justified,” on which he also served as executive producer. He also served as executive producer on “Jackie Brown,” “Be Cool” (the sequel to “Get Shorty”), “Killshot,” and the upcoming Jennifer Aniston crime caper “Life of Crime.”

Our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones.

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