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What is Great Novelist, Larry McMurtry’s Cause of Death at 84?

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Unfortunately, the prolific novelist passed away at the age of 84. Larry McMurtry’s cause of death is not confirmed yet.

Novelist Larry McMurtry passed away at 84

Larry Jeff McMurtry passed away on Thursday, March 25, his publicist has confirmed his death. He wrote more than 30 novels in five decades, including:

  • Lonesome Dove
  • “Terms of Endearment”
  • “Brokeback Mountain”
  • “The Last Picture Show”

Mr. McMurtry became renowned for his ability to remove romanticism from the American West’s image and highlight the reality of modern-day Texas’s small towns.

He was the first nominated for an Oscar for “The Last Picture Show” and won Oscar for “Brokeback Mountain,” the screenplay which he co-wrote with his longtime collaborator Diana Ossana based on a short story by Annie Proulx in 2006.

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Larry McMurtry’s Career Highlight and Honors

McMurtry also shared an Oscar nomination with Peter Bogdanovich in 1973 to adapt McMurtry’s novel “The Last Picture Show.”

With William D. Wittliff, McMurtry adapted his Pulitzer Prize-winning “Lonesome Dove,” an elegy for the disappearing frontier, into a hugely successful and Emmy Peabody Award-winning 1989 miniseries starring Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones.

The Oscar winner had planned “Lonesome Dove” as a story that Bogdanovich would have directed and starred John Wayne, James Stewart, and Henry Fonda before writing it as a novel.

McMurtry also did original work for television, writing the story for the miniseries “The Murder of Mary Phagan,” for which he earned an Emmy nomination, and the texts for telematics, including “Montana.”

His novels reflect what one writer described as a “Rabelaisian comic wit.”

His humor and drama mixture didn’t always please critics, but it made for good drama, as “Terms of Endearment” proved.

The great screenwriter brought semi-autobiographical elements to his novel “The Last Picture Show” because its then-bold treatment of sexuality was banned in places like Australia.

A feature in 1971 was his first cinematic collaboration, and the film brought Oscars to supporting actor Ben Johnson and actress Cloris Leachman.

“Terms of Endearment” novel was the final part of a trilogy on the urban Southwest that also involved “Moving On” and “All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers.”

Like many novelists and writers who dealt with the movie capital, he wrote a novel of Hollywood disenchantment, “Somebody’s Darling,” in 1978. He also wrote “Flim Flam: Essays on Hollywood.”


Reactions to Larry McMurtry’s Death

Following the tragic news, several fans and friends reacted and paid tribute, and stated their condolences on social media websites.

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McMurtry leaves behind his second wife, Faye Kesey, previously the widow of novelist Ken Kesey, and a son from his marriage to his first wife.

His family needs privacy; please respect them during this difficult time. More information about his death cause will be updated as we receive it.

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