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Elmore Leonard

Legendary Hollywood Writer

Dead at 87

8/20/2013 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0820_elmore_leonard_gettyElmore Leonard -- the legendary writer behind "Get Shorty," "3:10 to Yuma" and "Justified" -- has died, three weeks after suffering a stroke ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Leonard passed away at his home in Detroit ... the city where he lived since 1934.

E.L. is a legend -- dozens of his novels and short stories have been transformed into movies or TV shows ... including "Out of Sight," "Be Cool," "Hombre," "Mr. Majestyk" and "3:10 to Yuma."

Elmore's researcher broke the news on the author's Facebook page ... writing, "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."

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KWDragon    

A legendary talent who will be missed my many who loved his work, his attitude and his staunch defense and gritty love letters to the city who loved him right back. Safe travels, Mr. Leonard.

393 days ago
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393 days ago
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Michelle Neal    

He was a brilliant writer. Thank you sir, for all the entertainment you gave so many. May your journey be quick and peaceful.

393 days ago
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DTD    

His short story "Fire in the hole" was also the basis for the pilot of "Justified "

393 days ago
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chicagoannie    

Very talented man. It is so sad that all these old timers will soon be gone. Not a lot of talent out there nowadays to take their places.

393 days ago
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nisiek    

Wow so sad I read literally ALL his books so well written full of interesting characters, in fact one year he was the ONLY writer I read....he will be sorely missed

393 days ago
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mark    

that's a shame. he was a talented writer who gave us some truly exciting and fun books that translated into some amazingly cool and intense films (particularly Jackie brown!). well done sir! thanks for the fun!

393 days ago
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mark    

aw. sorry to hear it. a talented writer with amazingly fun and exciting ideas that translated into some great films. well done sir! thanks for the fun.

393 days ago
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firebaby    

a truly fantastic writer, elmore leonard was a talented man... RIP

393 days ago
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boo    

My sincerest condolences to his family. He was a great literary talent and Justified will no longer be the same.

393 days ago
11.

Dab710    

SAD.......

393 days ago
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amber    

3:10 to yuma was one of the best movies ever!!

393 days ago
13.

bob    

Just another dead guy. So what.

393 days ago
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Yup    

Elmore Leonard was the quintessential American writer. He left us a legacy of great stories & some of the best characters ever written, including Justified's Raylan Givens & Chili Palmer of the Get Shorty/Be Cool stories. RIP, Elmore...

392 days ago
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Azoozazooz    

GOD IS MAKING THIS WORLD MISERABLE TAKING AL THE GOOD PEOPLE AND WE ARE STUCK WITH JUSTIN BIBER SO GOD COULD YOU MAKE AND ECSEPTION AND TAKE BIBER PLEASE?

392 days ago
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