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Sir Terry Pratchett, renowned fantasy author, dies aged 66

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Sir Terry Pratchett"s Discworld series had a huge fan following

Fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett has died aged 66, having had Alzheimer"s disease for eight years.

"The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds," said Larry Finlay of his publishing company, Transworld.

Best known for the Discworld series, Sir Terry wrote more than 70 books over his lengthy career.

He was first diagnosed with Alzheimer"s in 2007, but continued writing, completing his final book last summer.

The author died at home "with his cat sleeping on his bed, surrounded by his family," Mr Finlay said.

"In over 70 books, Terry enriched the planet like few before him," he added.

"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."

The Discworld series - which started in 1983 - was based in a flat world perched on the backs of four elephants which, in turn, stand on the back of a giant turtle. By 2013, he had written more than 40 instalments.

At the peak of his writing powers, Sir Terry was publishing more than three books a year. His quirky and satirical view of the world won him a worldwide following.

At the turn of the century, he was Britain"s second most-read author, beaten only by JK Rowling.

Known for his striking dress sense and large black fedora, Sir Terry was awarded an OBE for services to literature in 1998.

In August, 2007, it was reported he had suffered a stroke, but the following December he announced that he had been diagnosed with a very rare form of early-onset Alzheimer"s disease which, he said, "lay behind this year"s phantom stroke".

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Sir Terry was knighted by the Queen in 2009

Knighted in 2009, he said: "It would appear to me that me getting up and saying "I"ve got Alzheimer"s", it did shake people."

"The thing about Alzheimer"s is there are few families that haven"t been touched by the disease.

"People come up to me and talk about it and burst into tears; there"s far more awareness about it and that was really what I hoped was going to happen."

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Sir Terry approached his Alzheimer"s diagnosis with a pragmatic sense of humour

His death was announced on his Twitter account, on Thursday afternoon.

The first tweet was composed in capital letters - which was how the author portrayed the character of Death in his novels.

"AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER," it stated.

"Terry took Death"s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night."

"The End".

Despite campaigning for assisted suicide after his diagnosis, Sir Terry"s publishers said he did not take his own life.


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There are 16 comments:
Male 510
"my sister really liked the disc world books, only thing i ever read by him was good omens along with neil gaiman. didnt know much about him, didnt really read his works, but i got to have respect for a man who has clearly sent the imagination and wonder of so many to incredible heights."
Go out and buy his books. You will like them. (both of their books actually.)
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Male 3,668
my sister really liked the disc world books, only thing i ever read by him was good omens along with neil gaiman. didnt know much about him, didnt really read his works, but i got to have respect for a man who has clearly sent the imagination and wonder of so many to incredible heights.
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Male 8,526
Damn. A great author stolen from us.

Some of my favorite Pratchett Quotes:

"Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it."

"What can the harvest hope for, if not for the care of the Reaper Man?" (should actually be in all caps)

And, most fitting: "No-one is finally dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away... The span of someone`s life, they say, is only the core of their actual existence."

His ripples will carry on for decades.
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Male 334
he will be missed by those who know (off) him
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Male 352
I never thought for a second that Raising Steam would be his last Discworld novel. A part of me thought he would keep writing forever. This has been a sad few weeks for nerdkind.
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Male 7,123
Damn. So much wisdom dispensed with so light a touch. In Sir Terry`s world the greatest virtue was simple decency.

And, damn, he was funny.

But I`m glad Death came for him while he was still himself. But then, for Sir Terry, Death was always sort of on our side.
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Female 2,691
It is life-threatening. As the brain weakens, so does the body.
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Male 5,872
A great loss; Terry will remembered for a long long time. :-(
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Male 448
Just... wow.... never expected this news would hit me this much. After all, Terry Pratchett was not someone I knew personally. I like his writings, and read a lot of his books. Guess I will re-read them in the coming period.
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Female 8,045
The fact that his own work is being used to commemorate him, and that it is so apt and moving. I was in tears ... such a legacy.
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Male 15,259
"You`d think a significant bug like that would get fixed at some point. As a Software QA Engineer, if I let a bug like that go for so long, I`d get fired."

You`d think that the chap with responsibility for adrev would be getting complaints from the advertisers too
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Male 1,497
At least he went in bed at home with his cat and family. Most people don`t even get half of that in the end.
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Male 2,669
Sir Pratchett was a genius, nothing less.
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Male 1,380
Who is Sir Terry %ratchett &ies?

You`d think a significant bug like that would get fixed at some point. As a Software QA Engineer, if I let a bug like that go for so long, I`d get fired.
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Male 7,774
I knew he had Alzheimer`s but didn`t know it was life-threatening.
I saw the documentary he did about assisted suicide. Powerful stuff.
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Female 8,045
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