“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” author John le Carre, known for his Cold War thrillers, died at the age of 89 on Saturday in Cornwall, England.
His death was confirmed on Sunday by his literary agency, the Curtis Brown Group, The New York Times reported.
“It is with great sadness that I must share the news that David Cornwell, known to the world as John le Carre, passed away from pneumonia after a short illness (not COVID-19 related) in Cornwall on Saturday evening, 12th December, 2020. He was 89. Our hearts go out to his four sons, their families and to his dear wife, Jane,” read an official statement by The Curtis Brown Group.
It further said, “For six decades, John le Carre dominated the bestseller lists and review pages with his monumental body of work. His dramatic launch onto the global scene began with the publication of his third novel in 1963, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, and the public revelation of his secret life working with the British Intelligence Services. Devoting his life to writing, he went on to define the Cold War era with the help of his character, George Smiley, and through his complex plots and beautiful prose, beamed a harsh light at the injustices of our world.”
As per the statement, David is survived by his wife of almost fifty years, Jane, and his sons Nicholas, Timothy, Stephen and Simon.
Here are tributes to Le Carré:
“Not this beautiful man too. Just heard the news of the legend John le Carré’s passing and my chest is heavy,” Pugh wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of the two. “I was lucky enough to meet this man, drink with this man AND work with this man! I still pinch myself about our friendship to this day.”
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A few days ago, the brilliance of #JohnLeCarré had struck yet again with the prospect of reading Agent Running in the Field.
Le Carré was indeed a ‘Titan of English literature.’ If you want to understand the deeds of men of the last century, look no further than Le Carré. RIP. pic.twitter.com/IFsn84QCIE
— Gautam Chintamani (@GChintamani) December 14, 2020
Fellow writers such as Stephen King and Neil Gaiman also mourned Le Carré’s loss.
“This terrible year has claimed a literary giant and a humanitarian spirit,” King tweeted.
John le Carre has passed at the age of 89. This terrible year has claimed a literary giant and a humanitarian spirit.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) December 13, 2020
“I’m so sorry to hear this,” Gaiman wrote. “My sympathies to his family.”
I’m so sorry to hear this. My sympathies to his family. https://t.co/5eA00UfHnm
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) December 13, 2020