Revered US novelist Harper Lee dies at the age of 89
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.