Fantasy author and Discworld creator Terry Pratchett has died aged 66 after a protracted battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
In a statement, the managing director of Transworld, Pratchett’s publisher, said: “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.”
“Terry passed away in his home, with his cat sleeping on his bed surrounded by his family on 12th March 2015. Diagnosed with PCA in 2007, he battled the progressive disease with his trademark determination and creativity, and continued to write.
“He completed his last book, a new Discworld novel, in the summer of 2014, before succumbing to the final stages of the disease.”