J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey, has died at age 91 in his New Hampshire home. According to The New York Times, the author died of natural causes:
“Despite having broken his hip in May,” [his literary representative, Harold Ober Associates] said, “his health had been excellent until a rather sudden decline after the new year. He was not in any pain before or at the time of his death.”
The CBC offers further details on the famously reclusive author:
Salinger guarded his copyright and the integrity of his artistic output as fiercely as he guarded his privacy. He rejected numerous offers to adapt The Catcher in the Rye for the screen. And his lawyers blocked a screening of the film Pari, by Iranian director Dariush Mehrjui and loosely adapted from Franny and Zooey, at the Lincoln Center in 1998.
Salinger, who took part in the Battle of Normandy during the Second World War, leaves behind his daughter Margaret, his son Matthew, and his wife, Colleen O’Neill.