Writer Winston Groom, whose novel Forrest Gump was made into the exceedingly roaring Oscar-winning 1994 film starring Tom Hanks, has died aged 77 on Friday.
The film, directed by Robert Zemeckis, on the book won six Oscars including best film and actor, plus three Golden Globes awards. It made $683m (£526m).
Groom’s death was confirmed by Alabama governor Kay Ivey. “Saddened to learn that Alabama has lost one of our most gifted writers,” Ivey wrote on her Facebook account.
“While he will be remembered for creating Forrest Gump, Winston Groom was a talented journalist and noted author of American history. Our hearts and prayers are extended to his family.”
Alabama University called Groom “one of our legends”.
Winston Groom has also served in the US Army during the time of the Vietnam War before working as a journalist. He wrote the iconic novel in 1985. He later wrote a follow-up on the novel in 1995 called Gump and Co.