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Sir Terry Pratchett dies, aged 66

Acclaimed Discworld fantasy novel series author passes away after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease eight years ago

By Andrea Tim | Published: 13 Mar 2015

Terry Pratchett dies
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English author Sir Terry Pratchett died yesterday, 12 March at his home in Wiltshire, England. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2007, but since battled through it with much determination. Terry even continued to write, releasing a few more Discworld novels to add to the 70 over books under his belt. His final book, The Shepherd's Crown, which he completed last summer, is expected to be released this coming autumn.

Terry's daughter Rhianna expressed her appreciation for all the lovely messages she was sent since his passing. "Many thanks for all the kind words about my dad. Those last few tweets were sent with shaking hands and tear-filled eyes," she tweeted.

Terry's assistant, Rob Wilkins posted a touching tribute to the author, who would have turned 67 in April.

"I was deeply saddened to learn that Sir Terry Pratchett has died. The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds," Terry's publisher Larry Finlay said in a statement. In the same statement, it was revealed that Terry passed away at home, surrounded by his family and with his cat sleeping on his bed.

Terry's close friend and fellow author Neil Gaiman was also devastated. The two once co-wrote a novel, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch that was published in 1990.

 

More tributes came from British Prime Minister David Cameron, Alzheimer's Society CEO Jeremy Hughes and Dignity in Dying CEO Sarah Wootton.


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