By KOLD News 13 Staff | November 20, 2020 at 8:24 AM MST - Updated November 20 at 9:13 PM
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Authorities have confirmed that 78-year-old Hayford Pierce and 51-year-old Wanda Zhang Peirce are dead after an incident in the Foothills area.
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department said deputies were called to a home in the 6000 block of Pontatoc Road, just north of Sunrise Drive, for a welfare check late Thursday, Nov. 19.
Authorities said Hayford was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was transported to the hospital in critical condition. Wanda Zhang was found dead in the home.
The PCSD said the two were married, and there is no confirmation on Wanda Zhang’s cause of death.
Hayford was taken to a hospital for critical care, but at about 7:30 p.m., authorties informed KOLD News 13 he had been pronounced deceased.
According to his Wikipedia page, Hayford Peirce is a science fiction writer and nephew to American painter Waldo Peirce.
The PCSD said there are no outstanding suspects
"Hayford Peirce was born in Maine, in 1942, and attended Exeter, Stanford, and Harvard. He moved to Tahiti in 1964 and lived there until 1987. At various times he was the part owner of a button factory, a garden center, a 1-hour laundry, and a computer
business. He began writing in 1974 with science-fiction sales to Analog, Galaxy, and Omni, then had a few mystery shorts in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. In 1987 he moved to San Francisco and became a full-time writer. There he published three
science-fiction novels via Tor. In 1992 he resumed writing short fiction and has had a number of stories in Analog and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine."