George Jonas, a novelist, TV producer and journalist whose book "Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team" inspired the Steven Spielberg film "Munich" died on Sunday at the age of 80, according to media reports.

Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1935, Jonas emigrated to Canada in 1956 following the Hungarian Revolution.

He worked for the CBC for years, most famously producing the true crime series The Scales of Justice with lawyer Eddie Greenspan.

Jonas was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2013 for "his thought-provoking contributions to Canadian public discourse as an author and journalist."

Authors and politicians were quick to pay tribute to Jonas' work, even if they admitted they didn't agree with his stances.