According to a message from his publishers, beloved fantasy author Terry Pratchett has died at the age of 66.
He is best known for the Discworld novels. The author wrote more than 70 books, blending fantasy, a bit of science fiction and human satire. Pratchett was the best-selling author of the 90s in the UK, according to a 2002 Guardian interview with the author.
As recently as 2007, Pratchett was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Alzheimer’s Disease. He had continued to write and publish novels while struggling publicly with the disease for years. As a result of his diagnosis, the BBC reported in March of 2008 that Pratchett donated more than $500,000 to Alzheimer’s research within the UK. Upon receiving his knighthood, Pratchett told the Independent in the UK, “I’m having difficulty fitting it into my head. I’m very please indeed. It cheers me up no end. It will impress some of my American friends, who started calling me “Sir” after I received my MBE, which was a little embarrassing.”
Pratchett received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II as part of her New Year’s honors list in 2009. Prior to this, he became a Member of the British Empire from the Queen in 1998.
“The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds,” said Larry Finlay, who worked with Pratchett at Finlay Publishers. “My sympathies go out to Terry’s wife Lyn, their daughter Rhianna, to his close friend Rob Wilkins, and to all closest to him.”
Terry is survived by his wife, Lyn Purves, and daughter, Rhianna. Pratchett and his wife were married for 46 years.
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