We Lost Elmore Leonard (1925 – 2013)

Iconic novelist Elmore Leonard died this morning after complications from a stroke he suffered last month, according to People. He was 87 years old and had released a book as recently as last year, Raylan, based on the Justified character he created. Because chances are if you’ve seen an awesome movie or television show, it was probably based on an Elmore Leonard novel: 3:10 To Yuma, Out of Sight, Jackie Brown, Get Shorty and 52 Pick-Up. He was the type of writer you aspired to be if you have the writing bug which, as you can see, doesn’t go away until you’re dead. A fact that’s either really encouraging or depressing as shit because I’ll be sitting in a nursing home writing dick jokes about Justin Bieber’s grandkids. (Spoiler Alert: One’s a cyclops.)

Rest in Peace, Mr. Leonard

UPDATE: Here’s a badass read via Ezra Klein on how Elmore Leonard wrote all of his novels.