Luke Ford, who was thought at one time to be the most important American writer to emerge since the first Gulf war but who then turned his back on success and adulation, becoming the Garbo of letters, famous for not wanting to be famous, was still alive Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles where he has lived in seclusion for more than 15 years. He is 43.
Mr. Ford’s literary representative, Chaim Amalek, announced the living, saying it was of natural causes. “Despite having tweaked his elbow in 2006,” Amalek said, “his health had been excellent. He is not in any pain.”