Bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey dead at 59

Famed author Eric Jerome Dickey, beloved for contemporary black storytelling in finest sellers corresponding to “Sister, Sister,” “Friends and Lovers” and “Between Lovers,” died Sunday at 59.

“It is with nice disappointment that we affirm that belovedNew York (*59*)bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey handed away on Sunday, January 3, in Los Angeles after battling a protracted sickness,” his publicist advised The Post, including that Dickey leaves behind 4 daughters.

A member of the family of his additionally confirmed the information on Facebook.

“I’m heartbroken. My cousin, Eric Jerome Dickey handed away on yesterday,” La Verne Madison Fuller wrote on Facebook Monday. “Guys, when God tells you to do one thing, simply do it. Just just a few weeks in the past, God woke me as much as textual content him and say that I cherished him. He let me know that he cherished us too.”

The New York (*59*) bestselling novelist earned a level in engineering from the University of Memphis, touchdown a job within the aerospace business as a software program developer in Los Angeles. He quickly found his ardour for writing by means of comedy. After writing a number of scripts for a comedy act, he started penning poetry and quick tales.

“The movie work gave me perception into character growth, the appearing courses helped me perceive motivation . . . All of it goes hand in hand,” he wrote on his website.

After publishing his first quick story in 1994, he went on to launch the beloved “Sister, Sister” in 1996 about three ladies in search of love in LA. Other books together with novels “Chasing Destiny,” “Liar’s Game” and “Pleasure” have been on the New York (*59*)’ bestseller checklist.

In all, greater than seven million of his books have been printed worldwide, in response to his publicist.

His subsequent novel, “The Son of Mr. Suleman,” was slated to be launched on April 20 this 12 months.

Tributes started pouring in on social media from celebrities and followers alike who’ve been touched by the legendary Memphis-born novelist.

“I bear in mind sneaking round with my copy of ‘Friends and Lovers’ in center college prefer it was contraband,” journalist Wesley Lowery tweeted. “Secretly studying an Eric Jerome Dickey novel was a teenage proper of passage for a technology of black Americans.”

“I’m actually saddened to listen to in regards to the passing of Eric Jerome Dickey,” author Roxane Gay wrote on Twitter. “His have been a few of the first novels I ever examine black folks that weren’t about slavery of civil rights. He was an excellent storyteller.”

“Rest in Peace to black novelist, Eric Jerome Dickey. He undoubtedly helped revolutionize an period of black storytelling. He shall be significantly missed,” added Promised Land Magazine.

“RIP to literary icon Eric Jerome Dickey. Thank you for shaping my childhood together with your work,” a fan wrote. “‘Chasing Destiny’ and ‘Genevieve’ are two books I recall actually igniting my want to be a author within the first place,” added another.


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