Le Carin’s family said in a statement that he had died of pneumonia. He is survived by his wife, Jane, and four sons.
“I have represented David for almost 15 years and I have lost a mentor, an inspiration and most importantly a friend,” said Johnny Keller, CEO of the literary firm Curtis Brown Group. “We will never see him again.”
Described by Keller as the “undeniable giant of English literature”, Le Carr has authored 26 books, published in more than 50 countries and 40 languages, according to his official website.
Le Carr was born in 1931 and studied at the universities of Bern and Oxford. He also briefly served in British intelligence during the Cold War.
His most famous works spanning nearly six decades, and include “The Spy Who Came in Farm the Gold”, published in 1963, and Keller called Le Carey “the most famous spy writer in the world.”
Le Carey also wrote “Tinker Taylor Solitaire Spy” and “A Most Wanted Man”, which were made into blockbuster movies.
The authors mourned Le Carey on social media.
“I think the best one can do to honor his great life & talent is to go to‘ Call to the Dead ’and re-read all his books,” Fry wrote. “The very opposite of a job.”