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