R.I.P. Elmore Leonard

The novelist, who was 87, passed away at his home in Detroit

Acclaimed writer Elmore Leonard, who was known for a number of crisp, cool crime novelsOut of SightGet Shorty, Jackie Brown—that became Hollywood flicks, has died. The news was posted on his Facebook page this morning:

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. More to follow.

Leonard, who was 87 and at work on his 46th book, received an honorary National Book Award last year. His 2012 novel Switch was recently adapted into the film Life Of Crime; a prequel to Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 adaptation of Jackie Brown, the thriller will premiere September 15 at the Toronto International Film Festival.