Renowned British science fiction and fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett has passed away today at the age of 66. Pratchett had written over 70 novels in his career, the most famous of which was his Discworld series. He was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 2007 but continued writing, completing his final book last year. The author died in his home surrounded by his family.
Larry Finlay of Transworld Publishing released this official announcement:
"I was deeply saddened to learn that Sir Terry Pratchett has died. 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.
Terry faced his Alzheimer's disease (an 'embuggerance', as he called it) 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."
[Source: BBC News]