Best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey has passed away at the age of 59.
Dickey, who was best known for his novels “Sister, Sister,” “Friends & Lovers” and “Between Lovers,” left behind four daughters. “It is with great sadness that we confirm that beloved New York Times best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey passed away on Sunday, January 3 in Los Angeles after battling a long illness,” his publicist told The Post.
La Verne Madison Fuller, Dickey’s cousin, also confirmed the news. “I am heartbroken. My cousin, Eric Jerome Dickey passed away on yesterday,” Fuller wrote on Facebook. “Guys, when God tells you to do something, just do it. Just a few weeks ago, God woke me up to text him and say that I loved him. He let me know that he loved us too.”
The Memphis-born novelist earned an engineering degree in college. He landed a job in Los Angeles as a software developer in the aerospace industry. He later discovered his passion as a writer by writing scripts for several comedians. He began writing short stories and poems.
Dickey published his first short story in 1994. In 1996, he released “Sister, Sister,” which was about three women who were looking for love in Los Angeles. His forthcoming novel, “The Son of Mr. Suleman,” was slated to be released in April this year.
Many people shared tributes about the late author on social media. “I remember sneaking around with my copy of ‘Friends and Lovers’ in middle school like it was contraband,” journalist Wesley Lowery tweeted. “Secretly reading an Eric Jerome Dickey novel was a teenage right of passage for a generation of Black Americans.”
“I am truly saddened to hear about the passing of Eric Jerome Dickey,” author Roxane Gay tweeted. “His were some of the first novels I ever read about Black people that weren’t about slavery of civil rights. He was a great storyteller.”
The REVOLT team would like to send our thoughts and prayers to Dickey’s family and friends. May he rest in peace.