Harper Lee Dies at 89: Aaron Sorkin & Bartlett Sher Keep ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Alive

By James Knight on Feb 20, 2016 12:18 AM EST

Literary legend Harper Lee has passed away the age of 89 on Friday. Harper is universally for her famed novel To Kill A Mockingbird, which has been adapted for both film and the stage. It was recently announced that Lee’s masterwork will be adapted once again by stage and screen writer, Aaron Sorkin ( A Few Good Men, The West Wing) and directed by Bartlett Sher (The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof).

Harper Lee’s family released a statement about passing (via CNN):

 "The family of Nelle Harper Lee, of Monroeville, Alabama, announced today, with great sadness, that Ms. Lee passed away in her sleep early this morning. Her passing was unexpected. She remained in good basic health until her passing. The family is in mourning and there will be a private funeral service in the upcoming days, as she had requested."

Lee’s Literary Agent Andrew Nurnberg also released a statement about her passing, saying (via The Guardian):

“We have lost a great writer, a great friend and a beacon of integrity. Knowing Nelle these past few years has been not just an utter delight but an extraordinary privilege. When I saw her just six weeks ago, she was full of life, her mind and mischievous wit as sharp as ever. She was quoting Thomas More and setting me straight on Tudor history.”

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