Eric Jerome Dickey, 59, has died. The best-selling and award-winning author of 29 novels and other creative projects passed away on Sunday, January 3 in Los Angeles.
Dickey's books have sold more than 7 million copies worldwide. According to Memphis’ Commercial Appeal, the author’s 1996 debut as a novelist, "Sister, Sister," was named one of the ‘50 Most Impactful Black Books of the Last 50 Years’ by Essence magazine, and USA TODAY included him on its list of ‘100 Black Novelists and Fiction Writers You Should Read.’”
Born and raised in Memphis TN, Dickey moved to Los Angeles to begin a career as a software developer, but took a detour into the entertainment field as a standup comedian, and ultimately as a writer. His novels opened the door for a developing urban fiction genre, where characters were everything from criminals to hardworking men and women - everyday people - his fans could relate to. All but the first two made the New York Times list.
Dickey was a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Kappa Eta Chapter.
Services will be private due to the coronavirus.