E. Lynn Harris Dies at 54

By Monica Burton,
The best-selling author passed away in the midst of a book tour.

Author E. Lynn Harris has died at age 54, the Associated Press reports.

Harris's publicist, Laura Gilmore, said Harris died Thursday night at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. The cause of death has not yet been determined, though Gilmore said Harris fell ill on a train to Los Angeles a few days earlier and blacked out for a few minutes.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Harris was best known for novels "Invisible Life," "Just As I Am," "Too Good To Be True," "Abide With Me" and his 2004 memoir "What Becomes of The Brokenhearted."

Harris, who was openly gay, specialized in writing about African-American gay culture, specifically about men who kept their sexuality on the "down-low," New York Daily News reports.

At the time of his death, Harris was promoting his eleventh novel, "Basketball Jones," about an NBA star and his gay lover.

Aside from publishing "Basketball Jones," Harris recently taught English at the University of Arkansas as a visiting professor.

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