Sir Terry Pratchett, author of the highly successful Discworld series, has died at the age of 66. Pratchett, who wrote over 70 novels, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2007. He has battled the disease, which he called “an embuggerance,” publicly and with bravery.
The fantasy author was also a well-known supporter the pro-choice campaign for assisted suicide, as seen in an article published by The Guardian in which he said “I have reached the conclusion that a person may make a decision to die because the balance of their mind is level, realistic, pragmatic, stoic and sharp.”
Transworld Publisher’s Larry Finlay released a statement saying “The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds,” and he was “deeply saddened” by his death. Fans have taken to social media to pay their respects to the author, who was granted a knighthood in 2009.
In his career, he sold over 85 million books, making him the UK’s best selling author of the 1990s including the Trucker series and stories that would be adapted for stage radio and TV. Sir Terry Pratchett is survived by his wife Lyn, and their daughter Rhianna.
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