World Mourns Legendary Author Harper Lee, Dead At 89

20 February 2016 | 10:57 am | Staff Writer

"The passing of Harper Lee is a loss for all of us..." says Tom Delonge

One of the most important literary figures of the past century, US author and Pulitzer Prize-winner Harper Lee, author of the iconic novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, has died at the age of 89.

As reported by, Lee "passed away in her sleep" in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, according to a variety of sources. Lee's nephew and spokesperson for the family, Hank Conner, said, "Ms. Lee passed away in her sleep early this morning. Her passing was unexpected. She remained in good basic health until her passing.

"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."

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1960's To Kill A Mockingbird has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film in 1962, with Gregory Peck bringing the novel's stoic Atticus Finch to life.

Last year, after the surprising discovery of an early manuscript, Go Set A Watchman was published — initially it appeared to be a sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird, but was actually an early rejected version of the book. 

To Kill A Mockingbird, bringing light to racism and the rigid class structures in the US in the 1930s, remains highly studied in schools and universities — as such, thousands of people around the world have had some level of interaction with the book in their lifetimes.

Here are a few prominent names in the entertainment industry paying tribute to the late and great Lee.

Former blink-182 member Tom Delonge, who named his streetwear label Atticus after the book's iconic male protagonist, told Rolling Stone, "The passing of Harper Lee is a loss for all of us … Her work challenged us to think about equality, tolerance and human kindness. May she rest in peace."

"Atticus, he was real nice.""Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them."When Harper Lee sat down to write To...

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