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Revered US novelist Harper Lee dies at the age of 89

By Kerri-Ann Roper

Published 20/02/2016

Novelist: Harper Lee
Novelist: Harper Lee

The family of To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee, who has died aged 89, has said she was a “generous soul” and that they will “miss her dearly”.

A statement from the family confirmed she had died in her sleep yesterday morning.

It said: “Her passing was unexpected. She remained in good basic health until her passing. The family is in mourning and there will be a private funeral service in the upcoming days, as she had requested.”

Lee was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 for To Kill A Mockingbird and it remained her only book until 2015.

Born Nelle Harper Lee in 1926, she grew up in Monroeville, Alabama, and was the youngest of four children.

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