Larry McMurtry dead at 84 – Oscar-winning Brokeback Mountain screenwriter passes away

OSCAR-winning Brokeback Mountain screenwriter Larry McMurty has died at 84.

A spokeswoman for the family confirmed his death, but did not yet give a cause.

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McMurty wrote more than 30 novels and collections of essays. He also composed 30 screenplays, including Brokeback Mountain.

He went on to win an Academy Award for the classic screenplay in 2006, one year after it was released.

McMurty later won an Oscar, and walked on stage to accept it in cowboy boots.

Despite being involved din numerous classics, the author found his biggest success in Lonesome Dove.

The 843-page novel was about two retired Texas Rangers who drove stolen cattle from the Rio Grande to Montana.

The book won a Pulitzer Prize in 1986 and was later made into a television mini-series.

The author was also a bookseller for 50 years, and owned Booked Up, in Archer City, which is one of America’s largest bookstores.

At one point, it occupied six buildings and held around 400,000 novels.

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