Friday, July 24, 2009
The death of author E. Lynn Harris ?
Author E. Lynn Harris has died while on a west coast book tour, Arkansas Sports reports:
"Harris, a best-seller whose work dealt with black, gay culture and delved into athletics, was a passionate Razorbacks fan. For the past eight semesters, Harris served as a 'visiting' professor for the English department...Most recently, Harris' wrote his 11th novel, 'Basketball Jones', which involved an NBA player and the player's gay lover. Before 'Basketball Jones,' Harris penned 'Just Too Good To Be True,' a novel detailing the life of Heisman Trophy candidate Brady Manning. Harris' novel focused on the pressures surrounding Manning and the support system the star athlete leaned on to help him through dark and troubling times."
There are no further details about the cause of death, though the Arkansas Times reported hearing the author suffered a "serious health setback" earlier today.
The Arkansas Sports site did not name a source. I will publish any updates that come in here.
Harris was the author of 12 novels, a memoir, and many stories.