Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY

Elmore Leonard died today in the Detroit area from complications following a stroke.

According to hiswebsite, 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 Leonard's best-known works areGet Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. MajestykandRum Punch. Leonard stories include ones that became the films3:10 to YumaandThe 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."

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