By Rita Kokshanian
Updated Feb 19, 2016 @ 11:00 am
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Beloved author Harper Lee, who penned the classic American novel To Kill a Mockingbird, has passed away, according to She was 89 years old.

Borne Nelle Harper Lee in 1926, the author was the recipient of many literary prizes, including the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for To Kill a Mockingbird, the 2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the National Medal of Arts in 2010. To Kill a Mockingbird was turned into a film in 1962, and won three Academy Awards. Most recently, the author penned the follow-up to her much-loved novel, Go Set the Watchmen.

Lee passed away in her hometown of Monroeville, Ala., where she moved from New York City in 2010. She lived a private life, and never married or had children.