The best-selling author of The Eagle Has Landed, Henry Patterson, died at the age of 92, according to his publisher, let’s see how did Henry Patterson die. Patterson died at his home in New Jersey, surrounded by family, according to HarperCollins.
Who was Henry Patterson?
Patterson, who started writing as a teacher, wrote 85 novels between 1959 and 2017. Patterson was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and raised in Belfast before relocating to Leeds.
The Eagle Has Landed, a novel written under the pen name Jack Higgins about a Nazi plot to kidnap Sir Winston Churchill during WWII, sold more than 50 million copies and was made into a film.
Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, and Sir Michael Caine starred in the 1976 adaptation.
Patterson’s other works include Comes the Dark Stranger, Hell is Too Crowded, and To Catch a King, and he has sold over 250 million books in his career.
After becoming a teacher, he wrote novels in his spare time and received a £75 advance for his first novel, Sad Wind From The Sea, in 1959.
HarperCollins stated that by the time his last novel was published, he was simply referred to as “The Legend.”
Patterson was described as a “classic thriller writer: instinctive, tough, relentless” by HarperCollins CEO Charlie Redmayne, who added that his novels “were and remain unputdownable.”
Patterson’s literary agent, Jonathan Lloyd, paid tribute as well, saying, “I had the privilege of being at Collins Publishers when we received the manuscript of The Eagle Has Landed.”
“We all knew, with rare certainty, that we were about to publish an instant classic.”
His final book, The Midnight Bell, was a Sunday Times bestseller in 2017.
Cause of death
Henry Patterson, best-selling thriller author known to the public as Jack Higgins, died at the age of 92.
HarperCollins, the author’s long-term publisher, said in a statement that he died at home in Jersey, surrounded by his family. But no information has been released on how did Henry Patterson die.
Patterson is survived by his wife, Denise, and four children from his first marriage: Sarah, Ruth, Sean, and Hannah.
Adrian McKinty tweeted,
Jack Higgins (Henry Patterson) is dead He wrote 70+ novels selling 150M copies He grew up on the Shankill Road, Belfast & didn’t have real success until the publication of his 36th (!) book The Eagle Has Landed classic case of #NeverGiveUp
Martin Pengelly tweeted,
One of @RoundhaySchool’s finest… and cc @RoundhayHead
Henry Patterson, author of The Eagle Has Landed who wrote as Jack Higgins, dies aged 92
Matthew George tweeted,
Via @PA Best-selling novelist Henry Patterson, who wrote 85 books, including The Eagle Has Landed using the pseudonym Jack Higgins, has died aged 92, his publisher HarperCollins said. He died at his home in Jersey surrounded by his family.
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