Sir Terry Pratchett dies, aged 66
Acclaimed Discworld fantasy novel series author passes away after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease eight years ago
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.
Miss you already. pic.twitter.com/DxxjGIluzJ— Rhianna Pratchett (@rhipratchett) March 12, 2015
Terry's assistant, Rob Wilkins posted a touching tribute to the author, who would have turned 67 in April.
AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER.— Terry Pratchett (@terryandrob) March 12, 2015
Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.— Terry Pratchett (@terryandrob) March 12, 2015
The End.— Terry Pratchett (@terryandrob) March 12, 2015
"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.
Sad to hear of Sir Terry Pratchett's death, his books fired the imagination of millions and he fearlessly campaigned for dementia awareness.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) March 12, 2015
Terry Pratchett changed the way dementia seen & understood. A passionate campaigner for change he helped drag dementia out of the shadows— Jeremy Hughes (@JeremyHughesAlz) March 12, 2015
Terry Pratchett Remember the Discworld author with this moving right to die video http://t.co/vlWfhA36cx— Sarah Wootton (@sarah_wootton) March 12, 2015