Celebrity Deaths in Literature

  • Henning Mankell, 67 (1948 - 2015)

    Henning Mankell

    Henning Mankell, the hesitant figurehead of Scandinavian crime fiction whose books about the gloomy, soul-searching police inspector Kurt Wallander enticed readers around the world, has died, according to The Associated Press. Mankell's publisher Leopard said Monday on its website that the author and theater director died in the city of Goteborg, southwestern Sweden, during the night. He had...

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  • C.K. Williams (2015)

    C.K. Williams

    C.K. Williams, whose poems emphatically observed morality and suffering from perspectives as lofty as politics and as intimate as the cancer that ended his life, died Sunday HOPEWELL, N.J. (AP) — C.K. Williams, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet known for his long, conversational lines of verse that brought frequent comparisons to Walt Whitman, has died at age 78.Williams was an impassioned observer...

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  • Jackie Collins (2015)

    Jackie Collins

    Jackie Collins, the best-selling novelist who thrilled millions of readers with her scandal-soaked tales of Hollywood, mobsters, and L.A. private investigators, has died of breast cancer. By ANDREW DALTON, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Jackie Collins, the bestselling author of dozens of novels including "Hollywood Wives" that dramatized the lives of the rich and treacherous, died...

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  • Ann Rule, 83 (2015)

    Ann Rule

    True-crime writer Ann Rule, who wrote a profile of her former co-worker, serial killer Ted Bundy, has died at age 83, according to the Associated Press. Rule died at Highline Medical Center on Sunday evening, said Scott Thompson, a spokesman for CHI Franciscan Health. Rule's daughter, Leslie Rule, said on Facebook that her mother had numerous health issues, including congestive heart failure. ...

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  • E.L. Doctorow, 84 (1931 - 2015)

    E.L. Doctorow

    E.L. Doctorow, the best-selling author of "Ragtime" and "Billy Bathgate," both of which were made into movies, has died. Doctorow, who died Tuesday in New York City, was 84.

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