Karin Wilson, mayor of his hometown of Fairhope, Alabama, advised CNN that Groom’s household shared the information of the loss of life along with her workplace.
“I haven’t got any particulars proper now, however he did die (Wednesday) night time,” Wilson stated. “We’re extraordinarily unhappy to listen to this. He’s undoubtedly an icon right here.”
Groom graduated from the College of Alabama in 1965 after which served 4 years within the US Military, together with a tour within the Vietnam Warfare. After he returned stateside, Groom was a reporter for the Washington Star earlier than he targeted on writing novels, in line with the college.
“Forrest Gump” was his largest vendor. The novel was became the 1994 movie starring Tom Hanks and gained six Academy Awards. In 1995, Groom printed a sequel titled “Gump and Co.”
“Whereas he can be remembered for creating Forrest Gump, Winston Groom was a gifted journalist & famous creator of American historical past. Our hearts & prayers are prolonged to his household,” she wrote.