Cornwall Funeral Home confirmed Thursday they were handling the funeral arrangements for the writer. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in the early 1980s
Caron won one of Canada's most prestigious literary awards, the Governor General's Non-fiction Award in 1978 for his prison memoir "Go Boy!" The book detailed the 24 years Caron spent incarcerated.
Caron, who overcame illiteracy to become an author, penned three more books after "Go-Boy!"
Carson was known for breaking out of prison more than a dozen times. He was convicted in 1993 of seven crimes after being arrested following a robbery at an Ontario Zellers store.