Author E. Lynn Harris Dies


The man who first let African American women know about the “down low” brother died Thursday at age 54 while on a book tour in Los Angeles.  E. Lynn Harris first jumped onto the literary scene in 1994 with his debut fiction novel, “Invisible Life.” 

Born in 1955, Harris was raised in Little Rock, Ark.  A  journalism honors graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville,  he was the school’s first black yearbook editor, the first black male Razorbacks cheerleader and president of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, reports the Associated Press.

Released in January, the author’s latest book, “Basketball Jones,” is about the gay lover of a NBA star.