'Forrest Gump' author Winston Groom dead at 77

Writer Winston Groom, easiest identified for penning the 1986 novel “Forrest Gump,” which ended in a blockbuster film adaptation in 1994 starring Tom Hanks, has died. He was once 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 disappointment that I percentage the passing of our pricey buddy Winston Groom,” the mayor wrote. “The Town of Fairhope has misplaced an iconic writer these days. Please stay his family and friends to your ideas and prayers.”

An area funeral house stated preparations have been pending.

The reason for loss of life was once no longer in an instant transparent and a rep for the writer may no longer be reached.

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Groom wrote a lot of 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 bookstall. (Related Press)

The film model of “Forrest Gump,” with a screenplay written via Eric Roth, was once extremely a success, resulting in Academy Awards for Roth and Hanks, in addition to director Robert Zemeckis. The movie additionally was once named Absolute best Image.

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

The image is broadly thought to be a cultural touchstone.

The Related Press contributed to this file

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