Manning Marable, influential African-American studies scholar and author of the latest Malcom X biography, recently died in New York. The scholar’s wife said his death was due to complications from pneumonia.

Marable had been hospitalized for the illness last month, and last summer had a double lung transplant to relieve him of sarcoidosis, a lung disease from which he had suffered more than 20 years.

Yet, despite the scholar’s death, the former Columbia University research director’s memory lives on in a long legacy of research and writing. Benjamin Todd Jealous, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said Marable’s “contributions to the struggle for freedom of African Americans will never be forgotten.”  His long-awaited biography on Malcolm X will be published Monday.

 We know it will be worth the read — please rest in peace Manning Marable.