It has been reported on Friday morning that beloved author Harper Lee has died at the age of 89 at a nursing home located less than a mile from her childhood home in Monroeville, Alabama.

Lee was best known for her classic novel on crime and race in the early 1930’s, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which featured beloved characters Atticus Finch, Scout Finch, and Boo Radley. Nearly every child who made it through the K-12 school system has come in contact with the book at one time or another.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” was Lee’s only novel for decades before a controversial 2015 release of a prequel-of-sorts titled “Go Set a Watchman.”

Multiple sources have confirmed that the beloved author died in her hometown after spending several years in a nursing home. Lee suffered with dementia and there was quite a bit of controversy around the release of her most recent novel “Go Set a Watchmen,” with some wondering if she was being manipulated or abused in her advanced stage of the disease.

Lee’s death is a gigantic loss for so many who found inspiration in her novel. Her impact on American culture and literature is one that will last for centuries.

We mourn her loss.

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Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at srobinson@ringoffireradio.com