Will the establishment be brought out? Hailey eventually had dual British and Canadian citizenship, but the geographical base of his novels and their atmosphere, plus his own liking for loud checked suits, could just as easily suggest a midwestern American. Arthur Hailey died in his sleep on November 24, , at his home in Lyford Cay, of what doctors believed to be a stroke. Known for getting highly enmeshed in his subject matter, whether it be spending time with guerilla fighters, or reading a wealth of information on the hotel industry, he always made sure to fully research his books prior to writing. In the second world war he joined the Royal Air Force.