Renowned British author, Terry Pratchett, died on Thursday, March 13, 2015 at his home in England. He was 66. Pratchett was hailed as a literary master and clever satirist. He is survived by his wife, Lyn Purves, and daughter, Rhianna Pratchett.
Born Terence David John Pratchett in Buckinghamshire, England, Pratchett published his first short story at the age of 13. He went on to write more than 70 books. His hugely popular Discworld series has been adapted across a wide variety of media including film, television, radio, computer games, and board games. Terry Pratchett received numerous awards for his work included knighthood for service to literature in 2009.
Fellow author and friend Neil Gaiman was among those paying tribute to Sir Terry, writing on his website: “There was nobody like him. I was fortunate to have written a book with him, when we were younger, which taught me so much.”
Gaiman added: “I will miss you, Terry, so much.”
Actor Sir Tony Robinson described his friend as a “bit of a contradiction”, saying: “He was incredibly flamboyant with his black hat and urban cowboy clothes.
Philip Pullman: “There is nothing spiteful, nothing bitter or sarcastic in his humour”
“But he was also very shy, and happiest with his family
“Everybody who reads his work would agree Death was one of his finest creations – Terry in some way has now shaken hands with one of his greatest-ever creations.”
Prime Minster David Cameron said: “Sad to hear of Sir Terry Pratchett’s death, his books fired the imagination of millions and he fearlessly campaigned for dementia awareness.”
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Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimers in 2007. After his diagnosis he because an outspoken advocate for Alzheimers research. He was also an advocate for assisted suicide.