Black Voices Newswire is reporting that E. Lynn Harris is dead at 54 of undisclosed causes. Harris was out promoting his latest book.
A Random House executive has confirmed to The BV Newswire that best-selling author E. Lynn Harris has died.Harris was 53. He was currently on a book tour of the West Coast promoting his 11th novel ‘Basketball Jones,’ which involved an NBA player and his gay lover.According to Essence.com, the celebrated author’s personal assistant confirmed that his health had declined but would not provide any details as to what caused his death.
Harris became known for writing books glorifying bisexuality and homosexuality and had a significant following among black women. One of his books “I say a little prayer” (Doubleday 2006) was a cloaked expose of the black church. It told the story of a “homophobic bishop” who pastored an Atlanta megachurch and a star member who is torn between his gay church friends and singing at the bishops revival which his gay friends intend to boycott.
Harris said the inspiration for the book was what he “saw happening in the black church. The homophobia. The black gay and lesbian people not having a place to go and get their spiritual needs fulfilled.”
Harris and people like him didnt understand that the church is not a place to come and get your needs met. Especially when your “needs” are incongruent with God’s will for your life. Unwilling to repent of their sexual sin, Harris instead wanted to create the type of church which allows homosexual sin to be accepted and celebrated.
Update 1634 pm
The spin is on. Ebony-Jet hints that Harris may have worked himself to death. h/t:CA