Author of the novel Forrest Gump, Winston Groom passed away at the age of 77 in south Alabama town. His novel was adapted into a six-Oscar winning 1994 film that became a soaring POP cultural phenomenon. The author’s death was confirmed by a local funeral home.
“It is with great sadness that I share the passing of our dear friend Winston Groom,” Wilson wrote on Facebook, adding her community had “lost an iconic author.”
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey also issued a statement and said, “Saddened to learn that Alabama has lost one of our most gifted writers. While he will be remembered for creating Forrest Gump, Winston Groom was a talented journalist & noted author of American history. Our hearts & prayers are extended to his family.”
Novel Forrest Gump is a tale of a slow-witted man who was a participant or witness to key points of 20th Century history. Groom was a graduate of the University of Alabama in 1965 and the university said that it was saddened by the passing of what it called a “legend.”