Tributes pour in following death of award-winning author Harper Lee
Thousands of tributes are pouring in for Pulitzer Prize winning author Harper Lee who passed away this morning.
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'.
So very sad to hear of the death of Harper Lee. To Kill A Mockingbird had a profound impact on me, I hope it continues to do so on others.— Leanne (@dottles) February 19, 2016
Rest in Peace, Harper Lee. And thank you for Scout, Boo, Atticus and the rest.— Rob Vertrees (@robvertrees) February 19, 2016
Harper Lee died. Thank you for giving us To Kill a Mockingbird.— Stephanie Young (@ALilMischievous) February 19, 2016
Woa. RIP Harper Lee. And thank you so much for all that you gave us.— Amelia Appel (@AmeliaLAppel) February 19, 2016
'To Kill a Mockingbird' author Harper Lee has passed away at 89. That one novel ensures she will never be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/4oFZReEIei— Rob Trench (@robtrench) February 19, 2016
RIP Harper Lee, heartbreaking to lose such a gift to literature— mills☼ (@millie_manrique) February 19, 2016
RIP Harper Lee 1926-2016 pic.twitter.com/eF8wfipivu— Lindsay LaSala (@LasalaLindsay) February 19, 2016
Rest in Peace, Harper Lee. Massive thanks for writing what is one of the greatest books of all time.— Kan Wai Min (@KanWaiMin_) February 19, 2016
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.— Andy Kenniston (@Pandaronicus) February 19, 2016
RIP #HarperLee - To Kill A Mockingbird was a deceptively simple novel that transcended boundaries— Shiva Punathambekar (@ritewingliberal) February 19, 2016
RIP Harper Lee. Your literary genius will live on and hopefully inspire countless generations to come. pic.twitter.com/MxZ291fZqb— K Tavernier-Nicholas (@KarisTN) February 19, 2016