Elmore Leonard dead: Get Shorty, Jackie Brown writer dies at 87

Elmore Leonard was 87 years old. Photo:

Elmore Leonard, the screenwriter and novelist who gained critical acclaim for such works as Get Shorty and what became Jackie Brown, died Tuesday morning. He was 87.

Leonard suffered a stroke earlier this month and was hospitalized near Detroit ever since, The Detroit News says.

The New Orleans native spent most of his life in the Detroit area and penned dozens of novels and short stories during his award winning career.

More than a dozen of his works were adapted into movies, including films like Get Shorty, Out of Sight, 3:10 to Yuma and several others.

Several of his works also inspired the TNT drama Justified.

Leonard won the Peabody Award in 2011.