The groom’s death was confirmed by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey. “I was saddened to hear that Alabama lost one of our most talented writers,” he wrote on Twitter. “Although he remembers creating Forrest Gump, Winston Groom was a talented journalist and noted writer of American history. Our hearts and prayers are with his family as well.”
The Guardian recalls that Winston Groom graduated from the University of Alabama in 1965, before joining the U.S. Army, which included a mission during the Vietnam War. In the tribute dedicated to him, the university referred to him as “one of our legends”.
Following the success of “Forrest Gump” – adapted for a 1994 hit film, starring Tom Hanks – Groom wrote a 1995 sequel called “Gump & Co”.
In addition to fiction, Groom, a former journalist, also wrote non-fiction on a variety of topics, including the American Civil War.