Author Terry Pratchett has died

Author Terry Pratchett has died

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Writer of the popular 'Discworld' series has died aged 66, after long battle with Alzheimer's disease

Renowned fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett OBE has died at his home, aged 66, it has been announced by his publishing company.

Pratchett is best know for the Discworld series, which stretches to some 40 installments dating back to 1983, and with more than 70 book credits to his name, it's safe to say the world has lost one of its most prolific writers.

His books have sold more than 65 million copies, been translated into 37 languages, with the writer completing his last book, a new Discworld novel, in the summer of 2014.

It was in 2007 that Pratchett revealed he was suffering from early-onset Alzhiemer's, a chronic neurodegenerative disease.

In a statement, Larry Finlay, MD at Transworld Publishers, said of Pratchett: 'The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds.

'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.'

Sometime after his diagnosis, Pratchett gave the 34th Richard Dimbleby lecture, 'Shaking Hands with Death', from the Royal College of Physicians in London. The lecture, presented by Tony Robinson, is certainly worth revisiting now.

Terry Pratchett: Shaking Hands With Death

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