Sunday 23 October 2016

Tributes pour in following death of award-winning author Harper Lee

Published 19/02/2016 | 15:53

Pulitzer Prize winning author of
Pulitzer Prize winning author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," Harper Lee, 89, has reportedly died. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)

Thousands of tributes are pouring in for Pulitzer Prize winning author Harper Lee who passed away this morning.

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The 89-year-old is understood to have passed away at approximately 4am on Friday morning in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.

Harper Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961 for her book 'To Kill A Mockingbird'.

Gregory Peck later won the Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of character Atticus Finch in the 1962 film.

Thousands of people have taken to social media this afternoon to pay tribute to the much-loved author.

One person wrote: "Rest in Peace, Harper Lee. Massive thanks for writing what is one of the greatest books of all time'.

Another person tweeted: "Without To Kill a Mockingbird I wouldn't be the person I am today. Thank you, Harper Lee, for introducing Scout and Atticus to me".

Another Harper Lee fan wrote: "RIP Harper Lee,  and thank you for teaching 8th grade me about how everyone should be treated."

Others credited the author for teaching them life lessons through the medium of a novel: "I am forever indebted to Harper Lee for changing the way I viewed the world through her words. May her creative soul rest in peace", while others quoted her book 'To Kill A Mockingbird'.

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