15:18 GMT18 January 2021
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    Le Carré, who had served in the British intelligence agencies MI5 and MI6, is famous for his novels featuring Cold War-era espionage, including bestseller "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold".

    John le Carré has passed away at the age of 89, his family told media on Sunday. Le Carré died of pneumonia at the Royal Cornwall Hospital on Saturday night. His literary agency Curtis Brown also issued a statement.

    "It is with great sadness that we must confirm that David Cornwell — John le Carré — passed away from pneumonia last Saturday night after a short battle with the illness… We all grieve deeply his passing", the statement said.

    Prominent authors, including Stephen King, took to Twitter to comment on the sad news, sharing their appreciation of le Carré's works and expressing condolences to his family.

    Le Carré is the author of 25 novels, the last of which was published in 2019.

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