Author Elmore Leonard speaks during an interview at his Bloomfield Township, Mich., in 2012. His website posted an announcement that he died early Tuesday. (Photo: Paul Sancya AP)
(USA TODAY) -- Elmore Leonard died today in the Detroit area from complications following a stroke.
According to his website, he "passed away this morning at 7:15 AM at home surrounded by his loving family."
The writer suffered a stroke on July 29.
His researcher wrote on Leonard's official Facebook page: "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."
Among Leonar'ds best-known works are Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk and Rum Punch. Leonard stories include ones that became the films 3:10 to Yuma and The Tall T, as well as the FX TV series, Justified.
Stephen King called New Orleans-born Leonard, who cited Hemingway as an important influence on his work, as "the great American writer."