Eric Jerome Dickey, bestselling author, dead at 59

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Eric Jerome Dickey

Eric Jerome Dickey
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Eric Jerome Dickey, the prolific New York Times best-selling author, who died in Los Angeles on Sunday evening, January 3. Vulture reports that Dickey’s publicist has confirmed his death, which occurred “after battling a long illness”. He was 59 years old.

Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Dickey first moved to Los Angeles in order to pursue a career in engineering. While working as a software developer for Rockwell International, he discovered a new passion: performance. He turned to standing theater and comedy, writing scripts for his local acts. His growing interest in writing short stories came soon after, which led to the publication of some of his early work in anthologies and magazines. His first screenplay, “Cappuccino,” appeared in local coffeeshops before making his Pan-African Film Festival debut in 1998.

The beginnings of Dickey novel-Sister, sister—Was published in 1996. What followed was a career that included over 30 novels, novels and short stories that struck a particularly affectionate chord with the black community and portrayed different shades of modern love, family, friendship and intrigue. Most of his work has done New York times list and was often included in the recommended reading lists of several publications, including Essence, LA Times, and the le journal Wall Street. He even tried comics, writing the six issue Marvel miniseries. Storm who rethought the first meeting between Ororo Munroe and T’challa, or Black Panther. Two of his books, Friends and lovers and Cheaters, have been adapted into touring plays. Mr. Suleman’s son, Dickey’s latest novel, is currently slated for release in April.

Not afraid to respond specifically to his community, Dickey had a penchant for shaping characters who both resonated and generously leaned on black culture. Her stories often balanced romance, scandal, and a fair amount of heart, and they were loved by a fan base who felt both seen and fully embraced. Dickey is survived by four daughters.

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