We are sad to announce the unexpected passing of famed author, Harper Lee. The Pulitzer Prize winner for her 1961 “To Kill A Mockingbird,” reportedly died in her hometown, Monroeville, Alabama early Friday morning.
Very few details have been released about her death except that she passed in her sleep. According to CNN, Lee’s family released a statement and confirmed her death , “The family of Nelle Harper Lee, of Monroeville, Alabama, announced today, with great sadness, that Ms. Lee passed away in her sleep early this morning. Her passing was unexpected. She remained in good basic health until her passing. The family is in mourning and there will be a private funeral service in the upcoming days, as she had requested.”
Her nephew Hank Conner continued to say, “This is a sad day for our family. America and the world knew Harper Lee as one of the last century’s most beloved authors. We knew her as Nelle Harper Lee, a loving member of our family, a devoted friend to the many good people who touched her life, and a generous soul in our community and our state. We will miss her dearly.”
She began writing “To Kill a Mockingbird” back in 1949 and by 1961 it was one of the most popular books of the 20th century.
Back in 2007 she suffered a stroke and as a result became wheelchair bound and unable to fully care for herself. She sold her Upper East Side apartment and headed back home to Monroeville where she resides until death.
Funeral arrangements haven’t been announced yet. We send our condolences to her family and mounting fans.
Source: Bustle, http://www.bustle.com/articles/142978-how-did-harper-lee-die-the-to-kill-a-mockingbird-author-pulitzer-prize-winner-passed
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