Harlan Ellison, the award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who contributed to television series like The Outer Limits, Star Trek, A Boy and His Dog and Babylon 5, has died in his sleep on Thursday, June 28 and he was 84.
Christine Valada, a family friend and the widow of Wolverine creator Len Wein, took to Twitter to share Harlan passing on behalf of his fifth wife, Susan Ellison.
Susan Ellison has asked me to announce the passing of writer Harlan Ellison, in his sleep, earlier today. “For a brief time I was here, and for a brief time, I mattered.”—HE, 1934-2018. Arrangements for a celebration of his life are pending.
Here's the tweet, check it out.
Susan Ellison has asked me to announce the passing of writer Harlan Ellison, in his sleep, earlier today. “For a brief time I was here, and for a brief time, I mattered.”—HE, 1934-2018. Arrangements for a celebration of his life are pending.— Christine Valada, J.D. (@mcvalada) June 28, 2018
The Paradigm Agency also has expressed its sentiments regarding Harlan's death. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, it wrote,
It was our immense privilege to know and work with Harlan over the past few years. His work speaks volumes, but we will always remember and appreciate his candor and caustic sense of humor, along with his unwavering commitment to his artistic vision. He was truly one of a kind and we already miss him.
Many famous faces, including Stephen King and Patton Oswalt, paid tributes to the late writer via Twitter.
Check out some of them.
Harlan Ellison: There was no one quite like him in American letters, and never will be. Angry, funny, eloquent, hugely talented. If there's an afterlife, Harlan is already kicking ass and taking down names.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 28, 2018
My heart is broken. Off to gather what few thoughts I can for awhile.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) June 28, 2018
What an awful day.
Harlan Ellison is dead.
RIP the incomparable Harlan Ellison.— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) June 28, 2018
Fuck.— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) June 28, 2018
One of the goddamn GREATS.
"I don't take a piss without getting paid for it."
I once asked Harlan Ellison how many books and stories he hadn't had time to write because he just had to fuck around and pick a giant fight over every little thing.— Wᴀʀʀᴇɴ Eʟʟɪs (@warrenellis) June 28, 2018
He said, "Sure, but you can't let the bastards get away with it."
Born on 1934 in Ohio, Ellison had also served in the army, an experience he found distasteful in his early life.
In an interview with the Guardian in 2013, he said,
Being in the army is like being in prison. You are not your own person. You are constrained 24/7. You are told what to do. They keep you in your place. You are not allowed to have an awful lot of self-respect, or pride of place, or pride of self.
Rest In Peace Harlan!