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 greatest movie and actor, plus three Golden Globes.
Directed by Robert Zemeckis and in addition starring Sally Subject and Robin Wright, it made $683m (£526m).
Groom’s dying was confirmed by Alabama governor Kay Ivey.
“Saddened to be taught that Alabama has misplaced one in all our most gifted writers,” she wrote on Facebook, 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 writer of American historical past. Our hearts and prayers are prolonged to his household.”
Alabama College referred to as Groom “one in all our legends”.
After gaining his diploma, he was within the US Military, which included a tour of obligation within the Vietnam Conflict, earlier than working as reporter. He wrote Forrest Gump in 1985 and it was revealed the next 12 months.
The movie, seen by way of the eyes of Forrest Gump, has the presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson as a backdrop, together with the Vietnam Conflict and Watergate.
All through all of it, Gump’s most important need is to be reunited together with his childhood sweetheart, performed by Wright.
Memorable quotes from Forrest Gump embrace the well-known recommendation from his mom: “Life is sort of a field of candies, you by no means know what you are gonna get.”
Groom went on to jot 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 Conflict.