Best-selling author E. Lynn Harris has died

Best-selling author E. Lynn Harris died today at age 54. According to Essence, the writer's personal assistant declined to give details, but did confirm that Harris' health had declined. He was in the middle of a West Coast tour to promote his 11th novel, Basketball Jones, when he passed away.

Harris was best known for such successful novels as Invisible Life, Just As I Am, Too Good To Be True, Abide With Me, as well as his 2004 memoir What Becomes of The Brokenhearted. He specialized in writing about African-American gay culture, including the "down-low" phenomenon in the world of professional sports. (Basketball Jones is the story of an NBA star and his gay lover.) Born in Michigan and raised in Arkansas, Harris recently taught English at the University of Arkansas as a visiting professor.


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  • Terri Fletcher

    This is truly a shock! He overcame so much to die at such a young age! His family is truly in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dionne

    My heart ache’s for this lost. The family is truly in my prayers. Please stay strong and remeber that God is everything! There is a reason for everything!

  • JacquelynRochell

    My prayers to his family and friends.
    Jacquelyn Rochell

  • Ed

    Such sad news. Two good authors (Frank McCourt the other) gone in one week.

  • maxine

    my prayers are with his family during this time of sadness. May the Lord continute to watch over E. Lynn Harris.

  • nadine munoz

    Meet him once. Really nice person. My
    thoughts and prayers with his family.

  • Kenya Wade

    My prayers goes out to the Harris family. May God rest his soul. I was inspired by E. Lynn Haris novels. His books has taught me alot about the African American male and their struggles with living a double life. It has made me a stronger woman to ask important questions while in a relationship with men. Thank you for the insight and opening my eyse to what this world has become. ONE LOVE!!!!!HOLLA!!!!!

  • mad

    my heart goes out to his family and the community should stand by the family in their time

  • Brandon

    My praise extend out to his family. The world not only the gay community will forever miss him.

  • Sal Atlanta

    I am truly stunned to hear the news. My thoughts go out to the family at this time. I have thoroughy enjoyed every single book that he has published.

  • Linda

    My prayers are with his family. I loved his sense of humor in his writing. Lynn was blessed with a special talent and he shared it well.

  • Carmen

    He was a wonderful writer and very nice when I met him at book signing. The news of his passing makes me very sad. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  • Don Crawford

    I am really sad and shocked to hear the news of E. Lynn Harris passing. He became a friend in the late 90’s (1996) as I started grad school. He and his partner at the time kept in touch and encouraged me to do well while pursuing my degrees, but we lost out of touch with one another over the years. Sadly, I learned a lesson here that is not to be taken lightly. This goes to say to anyone that reads this…that if you meet someone in your lifetime with a genuine heart and that you can build a friendship with, please share, grow, and mature it. Don’t just let time fly-by because it is in time it could be to late before you see that person again. Case and point. Also, keep in touch and enjoy each other’s friendship because everyday is not promised. This goes to say with family members too!
    I can attest and agree with you all that he will be missed. He was a caring, giving, supportive, talented human being to all who got to meet/know him. May he RIP.

  • Michelle

    God bless the familyn of E Lynn Harris. Thanks to a close friend of mine who turned me on to E Lynn Harris in I think 1994. I will miss his writings.

  • Michelle

    God bless E Lynn Harris’s family. Thanks to a very special friend PB who turned me on to E Lynn Harris I thik in 1994. I will miss his writings.

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