Author Winston Groom, whose novel Forrest Gump was made into the massively profitable Oscar-winning 1994 movie starring Tom Hanks, has died aged 77.
The e book, concerning the childlike optimism of a slow-thinking however kind-hearted man, gained six Oscars together with finest movie and actor, plus three Golden Globes.
Directed by Robert Zemeckis and in addition starring Sally Discipline and Robin Wright, it made $683m (£526m).
Groom’s demise was confirmed by Alabama governor Kay Ivey.
“Saddened to study that Alabama has misplaced one among our most gifted writers,” she wrote on Fb, referencing Groom’s time at college there, graduating in 1965.
“Whereas he shall be remembered for creating Forrest Gump, Winston Groom was a gifted journalist and famous creator of American historical past. Our hearts and prayers are prolonged to his household.”
Alabama College referred to as Groom “one among our legends”.
After gaining his diploma, he was within the US Military, which included a tour of responsibility within the Vietnam Warfare, earlier than working as reporter. He wrote Forrest Gump in 1985 and it was revealed the next yr.
The movie, seen via the eyes of Forrest Gump, has the presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson as a backdrop, together with the Vietnam Warfare and Watergate. All through all of it, Gump’s important want is to be reunited along with his childhood sweetheart, performed by Wright.
Groom went on to write down a follow-up in 1995 referred to as Gump and Co and in addition wrote non-fiction together with a e book on the American Civil Warfare.