Beloved New York Times best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey has died after reportedly battling a longtime illness. He was 59.
Dickey’s cousin La Verne Madison Fuller first shared the news in a statement on Facebook.
“I am heart broken. My cousin, Eric Jerome Dickey passed away on yesterday,” Fuller wrote. “Guys, when God tells you to do something, just do it. Just a few weeks ago, God woke me up to text him and say that I loved him. He let me know that he loved us too.”
Dickey’s publisher, Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House, also confirmed his passing in a statement to The Grio on Tuesday.
“It is with great sadness that we confirm that beloved New York Times best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey passed away on Sunday, January 3, in Los Angeles after battling a long illness,” the statement read in part.
“Dickey leaves behind four daughters,” the message continued. “Due to COVID-19, there will be no services at this time.”
Best known for novels that centered on the complexities of contemporary Black life, Dickey was the author of twenty-nine books, including the New York Times bestsellers Milk in My Coffee, Cheaters, Chasing Destiny, Liar’s Game and Between Lovers. His books have sold over seven million copies worldwide and Dickey was said to have inspired many Black contemporary fiction writers, such as Waiting to Exhale author Terry McMillan.
Dickey’s last novel, The Son of Mr. Suleman, is set to be released in April 2021.
By Candice Williams
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