Author Harper Lee, who wrote To Kill A Mockingbird and recently published her second novel Go Set A Watchman has died at age 89, it was reported on Friday.
According to her family, Lee passed away at home. Funeral services will be private.
In a statement, Lee's family said, "The family of Nelle Harper Lee, of Monroeville, Alabama, announced today, with great sadness, that Ms. Lee passed away in her sleep early this morning. Her passing was unexpected. She remained in good basic health until her passing. The family is in mourning and there will be a private funeral service in the upcoming days, as she had requested."
Lee's passing was mourned by many on Twitter:
Sad to hear of Harper Lee's passing. She was an important novelist who created great American literature. RIP. https://t.co/tBsCgqrRiB— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) February 19, 2016
“You never really understand a person…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”— L.L.Bean (@LLBean) February 19, 2016
We’ll miss you, #harperlee
RIP #HarperLee. What a magnificent writer she was. She taught us all so much about tolerance and love. Blessed were we to have read her.— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) February 19, 2016
RIP Harper Lee pic.twitter.com/bl4zS31JBR— Dan Scavino (@DanScavino) February 19, 2016
Harper Lee what can I say, thank you for making me love to read.— SalenaZito (@SalenaZitoTrib) February 19, 2016
Rest in Peace Ma'am pic.twitter.com/zNU16CMP3T
Rest in peace.