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Western novelist Elmer Kelton dies at 83

Western novelist Elmer Kelton, whose novel "The Good Old Boys" was made into a TV movie starring Tommy Lee Jones, has died in Texas. He was 83.

world Updated: Aug 24, 2009 01:50 IST

Western novelist Elmer Kelton, whose novel "The Good Old Boys" was made into a TV movie starring Tommy Lee Jones, has died in Texas. He was 83.

Myrtis Loudermilk, a director at Johnson's Funeral Home in San Angelo, told The Associated Press that Kelton died Saturday of natural causes.

Kelton wrote 62 fiction and nonfiction books. "The Good Old Boys" was made into a 1995 TV movie starring Jones for the TNT cable network. Kelton also is known for "The Time It Never Rained" and "The Man Who Rode Midnight."

The Western Writers of America voted him "Best Western Author of All Time."

Kelton recently completed his last book, "Texas Standoff," due out next year. Another novel, "Other Men's Horses," will be released this fall.