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Coroner: Heart disease killed gay author Harris

Associated Press

People_Harris_sff_embedded_prod_affiliate_56 LOS ANGELES -- A coroner's official says heart disease, complicated by high blood pressure and a hardening of the arteries, is what killed author E. Lynn Harris last week.

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


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his legacy will remain.

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