Tributes have been paid to Forrest Gump writer Winston Groom, who has died aged 77.
Groom’s novel a couple of slow-witted however kind-hearted man from Alabama was tailored right into a Hollywood movie in 1994.
Tom Hanks gained an Academy Award for his portrayal of Gump, and the movie itself gained six different Oscars – together with greatest image – after grossing greater than $683m (£527m) on the world field workplace.
It turned a cultural sensation and in 2011 was chosen for preservation within the US National Film Registry.
Groom’s loss of life was confirmed by Alabama governor Kay Ivey.
She mentioned: “Saddened to learn that Alabama has lost one of our most gifted writers.”
“While he will probably be remembered for creating Forrest Gump, Winston Groom was a proficient journalist and famous writer of American historical past.
“Our hearts & prayers are extended to his family.”
Groom graduated from the University of Alabama in 1965 earlier than a spell within the US military, which included a tour of responsibility within the Vietnam War.
In its tribute, the college known as him “one of our legends”.
Following the success of Forrest Gump, Groom wrote a follow-up, 1995’s Gump and Co.
Groom, a former journalist, additionally wrote non-fiction on a variety of topics, together with the American Civil War.