Nick Harris, a longtime literary agent who co-founded the Story Foundation, has died of cancer. He was 49. ICM Partners said Harris died May 22 at his home in Los Angeles.

After graduating law school, Harris began his career at AP Watt in his native London. After moving to L.A., he joined RWS Literary Agency in 2006 and became a partner. In 2009, he left for Mosaic, where he became a manager with Jimmy Miller and represented writers and literary properties. A year later, Harris was hired to head the media rights department at ICM Partners, where he worked with Josie Freedman to package literary properties for film and TV.

In 2o12, Harris co-founded the Story Foundation with his wife Melissa and brother-in-law Jason Traub. The company specialized in bringing young-adult titles to books and screens. Harris sold and had published six novels including The Fire Seekers, The Dolls and Such Sweet Sorrow. The Story Foundation now has 15 more titles in development.

Harris is survived by his wife; their children, Noa and Dashiell; his parents, Brian Harris and Susan Alexander; his stepmother Liz Harris; his siblings, Charlotte, Caroline and Jackie; and his parents-in-law, Jill and Hilton Traub. A private funeral was held Tuesday at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, friends and family are asked to make a donation to WISH Charter School or the Rape Foundation,