“David is survived by his beloved wife of almost fifty years, Jane, and his sons Nicholas, Timothy, Stephen and Simon. We all grieve deeply his passing.
“Our thanks go to the wonderful NHS team at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro for the care and compassion that he was shown throughout his stay. We know they share our sadness.”
Tributes have started pouring in from other established authors and fans around the world.
Horror novelist Stephen King wrote: “John le Carre has passed at the age of 89.”