Tom Wolfe, Author and Creator of 'New Journalism,' Dies at 87

Tom Wolfe at home in New York in 2016

Wolfe had been hospitalized with an infection.

He had resided in New York since starting at the New York Herald Tribune as a reporter back in 1962.

Wolfe was associated with other New Journalism writers like Hunter S. Thompson, Joan Didion and Truman Capote. What was the cause of death?

A gifted amateur baseball player, Wolfe tried out in 1952 for the then-New York Giants, but he ended up getting cut and eventually landed at Yale University, where he pursued a graduate degree in American studies. He also produced a stream of essays and magazine pieces for New York, Harper's and Esquire.

It followed the greed, racism and social classes of New York City in the 1980s.

By then he had already published a number of ground-breaking books of his own, including "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test", in which Wolfe provided a psychedelic chronicle of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters as they experimented with LSD.

He was known as a pioneer of a literary style in nonfiction that became known as New Journalism.

Between 1965 and 1981, Wolfe released nine nonfiction books, including The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

He then moved onto his first work of fiction, "The Bonfire of the Vanities" a seminal tale of 1980s NY involving the a Wall Street banker, a Bronx high school student, and a tabloid reporter. He laughed about his trademark "feistiness" in the book to CBS News and said, "Well, I just try to bring truth".

"I figured Wall Street could send for the high end, and also some of the life on Park Avenue". Starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith, it was a commercial and critical flop.

In 1979, he published his bestseller "The Right Stuff" about Project Mercury astronauts in the NASA space program and the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Wolfe is survived by his wife Sheila, and two children, Alexandra and Tommy.

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