Harper Lee, Author of 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' Dead at 89

Feb 19, 2016 11:20 AM by NBC News

Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," has died, according to the mayor in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.

The famously reclusive Lee, 89, had been living in an assisted living facility since suffering a stroke in 2007 that forced her to move home from New York, where she had lived for decades.

The office of Monroeville Mayor Mike Kennedy confirmed her death to NBC News.

Lee's physical and mental condition became global news last year with the release of a "Mockingbird" sequel, "Go Set a Watchman." Her friends and supporters took sides over whether she truly wanted the newly discovered manuscript to be published.

"Go Set a Watchman" nonetheless became a national bestseller, reflecting the enduring popularity of 1961's "To Kill a Mockingbird," a semi-autobiographical tale of a crusading lawyer in the Jim Crow South that won a Pulitzer Prize, was turned into an Oscar-winning 1962 film and has been taught to generations of schoolchildren.


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