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Executive producer Graham Yost speaks in front of actor Timothy Olyphant, center, and writer Elmore Leonard, left, after receiving a Peabody award for their work in "Justified" during the 70th annual Peabody Awards ceremony in New York on May 23, 2011 file photo. Leonard, known for gritty crime dramas including "Get Shorty," died today, his website reported. he was 87.

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Crime novelist Elmore Leonard, 87, dies

Best-selling American author Elmore Leonard died on Tuesday at age 87, having suffered a stroke last month, the writer's website said.

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