Here’s a report from David Taffet:
Author E. Lynn Harris, 54, died of heart disease, according to a coroner’s report released today. High blood pressure and hardening of the arteries were additional complicating factors.
Harris died on July 23 in Los Angeles. The Atlanta-based gay writer was on tour promoting his latest book, “Basketball Jones.”
Of his 11 books, 10 have been New York Times Best Sellers. He had 4 million copies of his novels in print.
Harris was born in Flint, Mich., and raised in Little Rock. He lived in Dallas for several years, working as a computer salesman. He left his sales job to write his first book, “Invisible Life,” in 1991, which he self-published.
Much of his work dealt with gay black men living on “the down low.” His last book was about the relationship between the narrator of the story and a closeted NBA basketball player.
He is survived by three sisters, including Zettoria McDaniel of Irving.