County coroner Craig Harvey said Wednesday that the 54-year-old died of natural causes. Harris died July 23 while visiting Los Angeles to promote his latest book.
Harris lived in Atlanta and was considered a pioneer of gay black fiction, enjoying unprecedented success in the genre. He wrote 11 novels, and ten of them became New York Times best-sellers.
More than four million of his books are in print.
Caption: In this July 7, 2008 file photo, author E. Lynn Harris poses in the living room of his home in Atlanta. John Bazemore, file / AP Photo