‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ author Harper Lee dies aged 89

Author published her second novel just last year

Author Harper Lee has passed away, local sources have confirmed.

Lee, best known for her 1961 novel To Kill A Mockingbird, was 89 years old. The news was first reported by Alabama’s Al.com and confirmed by Monroeville mayor Mike Kennedy. HarperCollins, her publishers, have also verified the news.

To Kill A Mockingbird won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction upon its release and was Lee’s only published novel until it was followed up by prequel Go Set A Watchman in February 2015. The latter book was the original draft of its published predecessor.

To Kill A Mockingbird was made into a film in 1962. It starred Gregory Peck as main character Atticus Finch and won three Academy Awards.

The Guardian reports that Lee had been living in a nursing home for “several years” leading up to her death.