Fantasy author, Sir Terry Pratchett has died at the age of 66. According to the BBC, Terry Pratchett had battled Alzheimer’s disease for many years. He passed away peacefully surrounded by family. Diagnosed in 2007, the author had decided to continue writing. He finished his latest book this past summer.
Pratchett wrote 70 books during his successful career, though he is best known for his Discworld series.
Transworld publisher and Pratchett’s friend, Larry Finlay spoke about the passing of one of the greatest fantasy authors.
“The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds. In over 70 books, Terry enriched the planet like few before him. As all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirize this world: He did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention,” Finlay continued.”Terry faced his Alzheimer’s disease publicly and bravely. Over the last few years, it was his writing that sustained him. His legacy will endure for decades to come. My sympathies go out to Terry’s wife Lyn, their daughter Rhianna, to his close friend Rob Wilkins, and to all closest to him.”
There was a rumor that Pratchett’s death was an assisted suicide. Despite his support of the topic, the BBC reports this is not true.
Despite Terry Pratchett's support for assisted suicide, he did not take his own life, his publishers tell the BBC's @highamnews.
— BBC News Entertainment (@BBCNewsEnts) March 12, 2015
Made public via the author’s Twitter, Pratchett’s death was announced in the perfect way, just like his books were written.
— BuzzFeed Books (@BuzzFeedBooks) March 12, 2015
The news of his sudden passing has deeply saddened his fans and social media. Pratchett is being remembered by his fans, young and old.
RIP, Terry Pratchett:
Terry Pratchett, a treasure of a writer, a gem of a human being, and a credit to our s… https://t.co/KKShZztPa0
— martina (@martinabetty) March 12, 2015