The novelist Will James died at the age of 50. Here is all you want to know, and more!
Biography - A Short Wiki
A writer and artist whose works deal with the American West, he is most famous for his Newbery Medal-winning book, Smoky the Cowhorse. His other popular works include Bucking Horse Riders and Lone Cowboy.
He was born Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault in Quebec, Canada, and he moved to the United States only after he was accused of stealing cattle in his native country. He married Alice Conradt, the sister of his rodeo partner, in 1920.