08/24/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Author E. Lynn Harris Dead at 54

Renown author E. Lynn Harris passed away on Friday, July 24, at the age of 54, according to the Arkansas Times.

The celebrated author's personal assistant confirmed that his health had declined but would not provide any details as to what caused his death. Harris was in the middle of a West Coast book tour. His best-selling novels such as "Invisible Life" depicted African-American gay community in a unique way and exposed the down-low phenomenon of athletes.

Raised in Little Rock, the Michigan native became the first Black cheerleader at his alma mater, the University of Arkansa at Fayetteville, and returned to teach adjunct courses in the English department last fall.

Harris's latest novel, "Basketball Jones," was about the gay lover of a NBA star.

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