A new biography of New York City’s most famous author is out, and it’s a sad one.
John Updike died Sunday of complications from pneumonia, his wife, Janet, told the New York Post.
Updick was 89.
Janet Updikes told the Post that Updicks death was a “massive blow” to the author community, and that his work “never would have been the success it has been without him.”
She called his life “a joyous journey that has taken him from obscurity to fame.”
Updiers most recent book, “An Open Letter to the People,” was published in 2015.
It tells the story of Updins life from his childhood in New Jersey to his years at the helm of the New Jersey Transit company and the first-ever United Airlines flight.
He died of complications after having a heart attack, his widow told the Associated Press.
Updon had worked as an airline pilot since the 1950s and was the president of United Airlines in the 1970s and 1980s.
He wrote for Time, Newsweek, The New York Sun, Vanity Fair and other publications.
In 2004, Updinks death was announced on Facebook by Updits son, Tom, who wrote that his father was “not the same person after the heart attack.”
Tom said his father’s “willedness to live was not to be found in any form of writing.”
Tom Updichkes daughter, Lorie, told ABC News that her father was not averse to taking a break from his writing, but his work was “always in motion.”