He was the author who penned the book that became the block buster, 1994 movie “Forrest Gump.”

The death of writer Winston Groom was was announced by the mayor of Groom’s hometown of Fairhope, Alabama.

“Forrest Gump” was the improbable story of a slow-witted man who ended up a participant in or witness to key points of 20th century history.

The movie adaptation starred Tom Hanks and won six Academy Awards

Winston Groom was 77