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

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.”

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

  2. Plum says:

    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.

  3. Aimee says:

    Oh wow, sad news. He was brilliant.

  4. Pat D. says:

    Just saw this news. Hopefully, they do some kind of tribute (subtle, I assume) to him next season on Justified.

  5. Amy says:

    Thank you Elmore Leonard, for giving us Raylan Givens and Boyd Crowder. Two of my fave characters on screen, ever.

  6. Eliza says:

    RIP Elmore Leonard. I am a huge fan of your amazing work.

  7. Maya says:

    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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