This Just In: Harper Lee Has Died

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Lee, who won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961 for her novel To Kill a Mockingbird, just passed away at the age of 89. The news is being reported by, which cited multiple sources in Lee’s hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. WSFA-TV also reported Lee’s death, citing Mary Jackson, the city clerk.

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