Harper Lee, author of the timeless classic To Kill a Mockingbird, passed away at age 89 in her hometown Monroeville, Alabama.
Los Angeles Times and other major news outlets are reporting the death of Lee. As the paper writes, To Kill a Mockingbird has never been out of print and remains one of the most influential books in the United States. It has been made into a critically acclaimed film in 1962 with Georgy Peck playing the protagonist. Peck won an Academy award for Best Actor for the role.
LA Times reports that Lee at the time of death was partially bind and hard of hearing. More detailed stories about her life and literary achievements are expected in media as literature fans mourn this loss.