American author Winston Groom, the author of “Forrest Gump,” has died at 77, mayor of Fairhope, Alabama, Сaryn Wilson said.
“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of our dear friend Winston Groom. The city of Fairhope lost a legendary author today, ” she wrote on Facebook.
The novel “Forrest Gump,” written in 1986, became the most famous work of Groom thanks to the film adaptation, which won six Oscars. The story in the book is told from the face of a mentally retarded person who speaks about his life. In 1995, Groom wrote a sequel, Gump, and company, which was also planned to be adapted into a film, but all attempts were unsuccessful. In addition to the Forrest Gump novels, Groom has written several non-fiction books.