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Harper Lee, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Author, Dead at 89

Well, sheeet. Harper Lee, the celebrated author of To Kill a Mockingbird, passed away today at 89.

In a statement, Lee’s family said, “The family of Nelle Harper Lee, of Monroeville, Alabama, announced today, with great sadness, that Ms. Lee passed away in her sleep early this morning. Her passing was unexpected. She remained in good basic health until her passing. The family is in mourning and there will be a private funeral service in the upcoming days, as she had requested.”

To write a classic is monumental. Lee did it. To Kill a Mockingbird is required reading everywhere. Whether you’re in school or not, it should be on your bookshelf. The book focused on racial inequality. Current events like #OscarsSoWhite, #BlackLivesMatter and cases like Eric Garner still pop up often. Maybe both sides of all these movements should start a book club, read To Kill a Mockingbird and discuss it. That would be too rational, so don’t expect anyone to ever do anything like that.

Lee’s nephew Hank Conner added:

“This is a sad day for our family. America and the world knew Harper Lee as one of the last century’s most beloved authors. We knew her as Nelle Harper Lee, a loving member of our family, a devoted friend to the many good people who touched her life, and a generous soul in our community and our state. We will miss her dearly.”

Celebrities and other public figures reacted to her death:

Gonna reread this one and pour one out for Harper Lee.

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