“Forrest Gump” Author Winston Groom Dies

Alabama native and “Forrest Gump” author Winston Groom has died.

Fairhope Mayor Karin Wilson posted the news on her Facebook page Thursday afternoon.

“It is with great sadness that I share the passing of our dear friend Winston Groom,” said Mayor Wilson. “The City of Fairhope has lost an iconic author today. Please keep his friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.”

It is with great sadness that I share the passing of our dear friend Winston Groom. The City of Fairhope has lost an…

Posted by Mayor Karin Wilson of Fairhope, Alabama on Thursday, September 17, 2020

Groom, who was from Fairhope, wrote the novel in 1986. It was later adapted into the movie starring Tom Hanks, Sally Field, and Gary Sinise.

Winston Groom was 77 years old.

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