Best selling British author Sir Terry Pratchett dies, aged 66
Saturday, March 14, 2015
British author, best known for the series of , has died at the age of 66. Pratchett was diagnosed with a rare form of in 2007, following his diagnosis he donated to Alzheimer's charities and became a public face of the disease
Pratchett spoke out for the right of an individual to. However, Larry Finlay, of Pratchett's publisher Transworld, said that the author did not die of suicide but of natural causes at home "with his cat sleeping on his bed, surrounded by his family,"
British Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to Pratchett. He said "Sad to hear of Sir Terry Pratchett's death, his books fired the imagination of millions and he fearlessly campaigned for dementia awareness."
A writer since his teens, Pratchett first came to prominence with the Discworld novelin 1983, and at his peak was publishing three books a year, writing over 70 in total. Alzheimer's slowed but did not end his writing, with a final novel, the fourth book in the series due in the summer of 2015. He was knighted for services to literature in 2009.
News of Pratchett's death was made via his official Twitter account in the persona of, a character in many of his novels, with the tweet: "AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER."
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