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Author Winston Groom dies at age 77
Forrest Gump author Winston Groom speaking at the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant event (cropped)
Forrest Gump author Winston Groom speaking at the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant event (cropped) Credit: Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Author Winston Groom has died at the age of 77. He is best known for his novel Forrest Gump, which was eventually turned into a global box office hit and award-winning movie.

"Saddened to learn that Alabama has lost one of our most gifted writers," Alabama governor Kay Ivey said when confirming Groom's death. "While he will be remembered for creating Forrest Gump, Winston Groom was a talented journalist & noted author of American history. Our hearts & prayers are extended to his family."

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