Justified Creator Elmore Leonard Passes Away


Elmore Leonard, author of Get Shorty and creator of Raylan Givens, the character at the center of FX's hit drama Justified, passed away today due to complications from a stoke suffered earlier this month. He was at his home in Detroit with family when he died. A prolific writer with a distinctive voice, Leonard (along with Fletch creator Gregory McDonald) helped to make high-stakes, high-action mystery and thriller novels accessible to a wider audience by injecting humor into their hard-boiled world. Other films based on Leonard's work include Out of Sight, 3:10 to Yuma and Jackie Brown. "The post I dreaded to write, and you dreaded to read," posted Leonard's publicist to the author's official Facebook page this morning. "Elmore passed away at 7:15 this morning from complications from his stroke. He was at home surrounded by his loving family."