Who was author Gary Paulsen and what was his cause of death?

GARY Paulsen is the man behind many famous coming-of-age wilderness stories.

It was announced on October 14, 2021, that the author tragically passed away at the age of 82.

Who was Gary Paulsen?

Born May 17, 1939, Paulsen was known as an American writer of young adult literature.

Throughout his career, he wrote over 200 books, his most famous being the 1986 classic Hatchet, which is about a 13-year-old boy who must learn to survive on his own after a plane crash leaves him stranded with only a hatchet.

Paulsen was also an award winning author and over the years, won multiple awards including three John Newbery Medals, which are given to the authors of "the most distinguished contributions to American literature for children."

According to his Penguin Random House bio, when he was not working he could often be found spending his time between his home in Alaska, his ranch in New Mexico and on his sailboat.

Paulsen's final novel, Northwind, is scheduled to be published in January 2022.

What was Gary Paulsen's cause of death?

Paulsen's death was first confirmed by Macmillan Children's Publishing Group representative Molly B. Ellis.

She told USA TODAY: "It was Paulsen’s overwhelming belief in young people that drove him to write. His desire to tap deeply into the human spirit and encourage readers to observe and care about the world around them brought him both enormous popularity with young people and critical acclaim from the children’s book community." 

While his death has been confirmed, a cause has yet to be released.

Who is Gary Paulsen's wife?

Paulsen is survived by his wife, Ruth and their son, Jim.

Prior to his death, Paulsen was married to Ruth for 50 years after tying the knot in 1971.

Like her husband, Ruth also had a career in literature and is known as an artist, illustrator, and author of books for young readers.

A University of Colorado graduate, Ruth has most famously written the books Canoe Days, My Life in Dog Years and Father Water, Mother Woods alongside her husband.

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