Writer Winston Groom, whose novel Forrest Gump was made into the vastly 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 greatest movie and actor, plus three Golden Globes.
Directed by Robert Zemeckis and likewise starring Sally Field 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 Facebook, referencing Groom’s time at college there, graduating in 1965.
“While he can be remembered for creating Forrest Gump, Winston Groom was a proficient journalist and famous author of American historical past. Our hearts and prayers are prolonged to his household.”
Alabama University referred to as Groom “one among our legends”.
After gaining his diploma, he was within the US Army, which included a tour of obligation within the Vietnam War, earlier than working as reporter. He wrote Forrest Gump in 1985 and it was printed the next 12 months.
The movie, seen by means of the eyes of Forrest Gump, has the presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson as a backdrop, together with the Vietnam War and Watergate. Throughout all of it, Gump’s predominant 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 likewise wrote non-fiction together with a e book on the American Civil War.