Sad news to report….
Author Eric Jerome Dickey died Sunday in Los Angeles due to complications from a long illness, a representative from his publisher Penguin Random House confirmed to Variety. He was 59.
“It is with great sadness that we confirm that beloved New York Times best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey passed away on Sunday, January 3, in Los Angeles after battling a long illness,” a rep for Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House, told The Post.
During his multi-decade career, the New York Times best-selling author wrote 29 novels that explored contemporary Black American life from different angles. Some of his best-known novels include “Milk in My Coffee,” “Cheaters,” “Chasing Destiny,” “Liar’s Game” and “Sister, Sister.”
In 1998, he also developed a screenplay titled “Cappuccino,” which was performed in coffeehouses in the Los Angeles area. The short film, directed by Craig Ross Jr., made its local debut during the Pan-African Film Festival at the Magic Johnson Theater in L.A. His other movie credit includes “Friends & Lovers,” a 2005 comedy starring Monica Calhoun and Mel Jackson.
Born and raised in Memphis, Tenn., Dickey graduated from Memphis State University with a degree in computer system technology. In 1983, he moved to L.A. to work in the aerospace industry as a software developer at Rockwell International, before pursuing a career in acting and stand-up comedy.
Dickey is survived by his four daughters.