Elmore Leonard Dead at 87, Legendary Author's Work Inspired Justified, Karen Sisco

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elmore leonard deadLegendary author Elmore Leonard, whose work inspired FX’s Justified and ABC’s short-lived Karen Sisco before it, died Tuesday three weeks after suffering a stroke. He was 87.

Justified antihero Raylan Givens (played by Timothy Olyphant) was the central figure in Leonard’s novels Pronto and Riding the Rap as well as the short story “Fire in the Hole.” He retained an exec producer title on the series.

On the film side, 3:10 to YumaJackie BrownOut of Sight (which paved the way for Karen Sisco) and Get Shorty were all based on Leonard’s source material.

Leonard’s death was announced on his 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,” his researcher wrote. “He was at home [in Detroit] surrounded by his loving family.”

Comments (25)

  • Lee Thompson Young and now Elmore Leonard? If the third one is Betty White, I am done.

    Comment by Jarrod Mitchell (@Jarry9493) – August 20, 2013 07:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Okay, this is turning out to be a sad week, I love this man, can’t imagine a world without Elmore Leonard. So sad too about Lee Thompson Young, another wonderful person lost too soon.

    Comment by Plum – August 20, 2013 07:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh wow, sad news. He was brilliant.

    Comment by Aimee – August 20, 2013 07:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just saw this news. Hopefully, they do some kind of tribute (subtle, I assume) to him next season on Justified.

    Comment by Pat D. – August 20, 2013 09:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thank you Elmore Leonard, for giving us Raylan Givens and Boyd Crowder. Two of my fave characters on screen, ever.

    Comment by Amy – August 20, 2013 09:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • RIP Elmore Leonard. I am a huge fan of your amazing work.

    Comment by Eliza – August 20, 2013 10:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am in tears. Such an immense talent. So many amazing characters he has graced us with. I am a huge fan of Justified so I am so grateful to him for creating Raylan Givens. This has been such a sad week for Hollywood.

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