'Forrest Gump' author Winston Groom dead at 77

Creator Winston Groom, absolute best identified for penning the 1986 novel “Forrest Gump,” which ended in a blockbuster film adaptation in 1994 starring Tom Hanks, has died. He used to be 77.

Fairhope, Ala., Mayor Karin Wilson introduced the scoop on Fb, sharing a photograph of Groom taken via his daughter Caroline.

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“It’s with nice unhappiness that I percentage the passing of our expensive buddy Winston Groom,” the mayor wrote. “The Town of Fairhope has misplaced an iconic writer these days. Please stay his family and friends for your ideas and prayers.”

A neighborhood funeral house mentioned preparations have been pending.

The reason for dying used to be now not instantly transparent and a rep for the writer may now not be reached.

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Groom wrote quite a few works along with “Forrest Gump,” together with a sequel to the hit novel, “Gump & Co.”

He additionally wrote a plethora of non-fiction works detailing historical past.

Winston Groom, author of "Forrest Gump," signs copies of "Gump & Co.," the sequel to "Forrest Gump," at a New York City bookstore. (Associated Press)

Winston Groom, writer of “Forrest Gump,” indicators copies of “Gump & Co.,” the sequel to “Forrest Gump,” at a New York Town book shop. (Related Press)

The film model of “Forrest Gump,” with a screenplay written via Eric Roth, used to be extremely a hit, resulting in Academy Awards for Roth and Hanks, in addition to director Robert Zemeckis. The movie additionally used to be named Best possible Image.

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Each the unconventional and the movie inform the tale of the name persona, a slow-witted guy from Alabama who unintentionally turns into entangled with primary ancient occasions. However the novel and picture vary in lots of spaces.

The image is broadly regarded as a cultural touchstone.

The Related Press contributed to this record

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