Winston Groom Dies, Forrest Gump Creator and Author Was 77

Winston Groom Dies, Forrest Gump Creator and Author Was 77
Sad news in the literary world is coming in today as Winston Groom, the American author best known for penning the original Forrest Gump novel, has passed away. The news was confirmed by Karin Wilson, the mayor of Groom's hometown of Fairhope, Alabama, who says that the family shared the news of Groom's death with the mayor's office. Groom was 77 years old, and a cause of death has not yet been revealed for the accomplished writer.

"I don't have any details right now, but he did die (Wednesday) night," Wilson told CNN in a statement. "We are extremely sad to hear this. He is definitely an icon here."

In a tweet on Thursday, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey also addressed Groom's passing with a touching tribute message.

"Saddened to learn that Alabama has lost one of our most gifted writers," Ivey writes. "While he will be remembered for creating Forrest Gump,
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