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(MONROEVILLE, Ala.) — In the wake of Harper Lee’s death, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who was one of the Americans freed from an Iranian prison last month, said he re-read To Kill a Mockingbird during his trial and the novel touched him more during his time in Iran than when he read it in high school.

Rezaian was one of a few U.S. citizens freed by Iran as part of a prisoner swap last month after he was accused by Iranians of being a spy and spent 18 months imprisoned.

Rezaian, 39, told Washington Post editors last month about some of his experiences in prison, saying at one point he spent 49 days in solitary confinement, the Washington Post reported. Rezaian said he was later placed in a 15-by-20-foot room with three cots and no mattresses, according to the Post.

Publishing house HarperCollins released a statement Friday confirming that Lee, the iconic To Kill a Mockingbird author, “died peacefully” early Friday morning at age 89.

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