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“To Kill A Mockingbird” author dies at 89

Michelle Adams, Executive Editor

Harper Lee, author of the bestselling American classic, “To Kill A Mockingbird,” passed away in her sleep early Friday morning.

Her passing came as a surprise to family and friends, as she was reported to have been in good health, although her sight and hearing had declined.

“We have lost a great writer, a great friend and a beacon of integrity,” said her agent, Andrew Nurnberg.

Lee, known by “Nelle” to her loved ones, is remembered for her timeless 1961 novel, “To Kill A Mockingbird,” which sold more than 40 million copies, earning her a Pulitzer Prize and a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007.

Since the release of this novel, Lee had remained quiet, living a very private life in her hometown in Alabama.

Her death comes less than a year after the release of her second novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” which sold over one million copies in its first month of sales.

Lee had requested that her funeral proceedings be restricted to only close family and friends, and they will be honoring her wishes.

 

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