Harper Lee Dead: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Author Has Died at Age 89

Harper Lee
Harper Lee Getty Images

A literary legend gone. To Kill a Mockingbird author Nelle Harper Lee died on the morning of Friday, February 19, AL.com reports. She was 89 years old.

Multiple sources in Lee’s hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, confirmed the news to AL.com. While her cause of death has yet to be determined, the writer suffered a stroke in 2007.

Lee will be most remembered for her classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee moved to New York City in 1949 to pursue a career in writing, and eight years later, she submitted the manuscript to a publisher. The book was finally published in 1960.

The following year, she won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. In 1962, To Kill a Mockingbird was adapted into a successful, beloved film starring Mary Badham and Gregory Peck.

Harper Lee in 1961
Harper Lee in 1961 Donald Uhrbrock/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images

While To Kill a Mockingbird remained Lee’s only published piece of work for the majority of her career, she finally released its long-awaited sequel Go Set a Watchman on July 14, 2015. Lee never married or had children. 

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